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The Kentucky Derby; director Steven Spielberg; actor Kevin Spacey; comic Chris Hardwick; chef Ben Ford; relationships before and after marriage; room makeovers; Raffaele Sollecito discusses his murder conviction and former girlfriend, Amanda Knox.

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Us 41, Russia 31, Ukraine 23, San Francisco 20, Nbc 19, Europe 19, U.s. 17, Savannah 14, Memphis 14, Merkel 12, Michelle 11, United States 10, Kentucky Derby 9, Osce 9, Jordin Sparks 7, Amanda Knox 7, Kevin Spacey 6, Safeway 6, Angela Merkel 6, Eastern Ukraine 6,
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we'll continue to follow that fire on bright streets. we'll have an update for you at 7:25. >> that is in san francisco. have a great weekend. good morning. battling cancer? reports this morning that clippers owner donald sterling is fighting prostate cancer, as fellow nba owners take the first step toward getting sterling to sell his team. close call. we're learning more this morning about a terrifying plot to attack a school with bombs and guns. the tip that led to a 17-year-old's arrest and how frighteningly near he allegedly came to carrying out a detailed plot. "i did not kill my friend." amanda knox responding to an italian court's new explanation of her murder conviction and talking about her uncertain future. >> i think about everything that i could possibly be facing, it's way too overwhelming for me to even conceive.
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>> this morning, raffaele sollecito, who was convicted alongside knox, joins us for a live interview only on "today." and nbc news exclusive. michelle knight, one of the brave cleveland survivors on moving forward one year after her daring escape and the big decision she's made about the future. >> i felt like every brand-new start needs new beginnings. >> today friday, may 2nd, 2014. >> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, everyone. happy, happy, happy friday. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm willie geist in this morning in for matt along with natalie morales and carson daly. al is at churchill downs in louisville getting ready for tomorrow's kentucky derby. we will hear from al in a minute.
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you can probably hear the shrieks all the way down there, because in memphis, tennessee, the royals are there. princes william and harry, they're in town in memphis for the wedding of a good buddy of theirs. they were out last night at the rehearsal dinner at rendezvous. the famous barbecue joint. >> shameless grab for willie to get rendezvous to send him some barbecue. >> have you been to rendezvous? well-played, willie. memphis is going to have quite the weekend with the royals in town. we will have a little bit more on that in just a bit. let's get right to today's top story. it's word this morning that embattled clippers owner donald sterling is being treated for a deadly disease. nbc's tom llamas is here with more on this story. tom, good morning. >> savannah, good morning. on tuesday, donald sterling was banned for life from the nba for racist comments he made. but he may have even bigger things in his life to worry about. on the court last night, a tough
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loss for the clippers. losing by one point to the golden state warriors. off the court, new reports from "the new york post" overnight, not verified by nbc news, that david sterling is suffering from prostate cancer. the report cites sources who "thought he would die two years ago." the team react theed to the news after the game. >> i didn't know it until just now. you know, i don't have a reaction to that. you know, i hope it is not true. >> reporter: earlier, the nba's advisory finance committee met in new york to discuss sterling's termination as the team's owner. releasing a statement that says in part the committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week. meanwhile, late thursday, the president of the los angeles naacp stepped down amid outrage over plans prior to the scandal to honor sterling with a lifetime achievement award, his second from the organization.
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>> it really felt like our pride and our respect was for sale by the organization. like, if you just write a check, you're all good with black people and that really wasn't the case. >> reporter: leon jenkins withdrew plans for the award earlier this week and returned sterling's donations. >> i'm not going to tell you the amount. >> reporter: in his resignation letter, he says he chose to step down in order to separate the los angeles naacp and the naacp from the negative exposure i have caused. now, if the nba committee decides to move forward and remove sterling as the team owner, he will have a chance to respond to the charges. now, whether or not his health concerns will affect that is yet to be known. sterling is 80 years old. willie and savannah. >> all right. tom llamas, thank you very much. we've got some new information this morning on a chilling and elaborate plot targeting a school in minnesota. police saying the arrest of a teenage suspect prevented an unimaginable tragedy. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has the latest. pete, good morning. >> willie, good morning to you. the police in minnesota say the discovery of this plot proves
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the importance of what we're often told, if you see something, say something. they say the student they've arrested was deeply into preparations for a deadly attack. police say it was probably no more than two weeks from being carried out. a plot to attack the junior high and high school with bombs and guns in waseca, minnesota, about 75 miles south of minneapolis. >> new information has been revealed in the case that we have escaped what could have been a horrific experience. >> reporter: a 17-year-old student, john david ladue, has been charged with attempted murder. police say he amassed a huge supply of explosive ingredients, made six working bombs and even practiced setting a few off in march outside an elementary school. court documents say investigators found a 180-page notebook in which ladue had been carefully recording his plans in the past nine months.
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they say he intended to shoot and kill his sister, then his parents at home, set a fire to draw nearby first responders to, set off a bomb at the school and shoot his fellow students as they fled the school building. school officials say he was quiet, something of a loner. a neighbor who grew up with him says she's in disbelief. >> he was always nice. passive. always followed the leader, basically. he was never the first one to jump out and say hey, let's go do this. >> reporter: police say the plot was discovered when someone saw ladue wearing a backpack enter this storage unit tuesday night and close the door. that person thought it suspicious, according to an emotional police captain. >> by doing the right thing, unimaginable tragedy has been prevented. >> ladue is in juvenile detention this morning. he has yet to enter a plea and there's been no comment from his parents. a grandmother says she never saw any signs of trouble in his life. savannah? >> all right, pete williams. what a story. scary to think how close that came. we have some new developments on the disappearance of malaysia flight
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370. a preliminary report has now been made public and it's raising some questions about why it took officials so long to realize there was a problem with the flight. nbc's tom costello has covered this investigation from the very beginning. tom, good morning. >> hi, savannah. this is the report, it's only five pages long. it provides the timeline showing big delays, about how long it took to actually order a search. and for the first time we're hearing the voices from the cockpit crew. just released, the audio recordings of the flight 370 cockpit crew talking to malaysian controllers. >> 370, contact lumpur radar. >> reporter: nothing sounds amiss. even the last call between controllers and the voice believed to be that of the capta capta captain at 1:19 a.m., routine. >> malaysian 370. >> malaysian 370, contact ho
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chi minh. >> reporter: but something did suddenly go wrong. the plane went off radar. but it wasn't for another 17 minutes that vietnamese controllers reported the plane had not checked in. and another four hours before the search and rescue center was activated. precious moments lost, say veteran international pilots. >> it's pretty egregious, actually, i think it is. it's certainly time is of the essence at that time. >> reporter: we now know military radar tracked the plane after it made a u-turn and lost it as it headed out over the indian ocean. eight weeks later after a massive search involving 82 aircraft and 84 ships, still not a trace of flight 370 or the 239 people onboard, including american philip wood, whose father spoke out on thursday. >> i just want to know something for sure. and it seems to be getting more confusing all the time. >> reporter: to many, it's all eerily similar to the case of amelia earhart, thought to have
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gone down in the pacific in 1937. only malaysian 370 is a boeing 777, one of the most advanced planes ever built. >> i'm confident with an effective search, we will eventually find the aircraft. >> government representatives from malaysia, australia, and china will meet early on monday to decide the next phase of this search. this morning, they insist that they believe they're looking in the right place, 1,200 miles off australia in the indian ocean. but the underwater search could take now 8 to 12 months. guys, back to you. >> tom costello in washington, thank you. natalie's here with a remarkable look at that landslide in baltimore that we showed you yesterday. this piece of video will take your breath away. >> it really is incredible video that we're just getting. take a look, as parked cars literally just disappear as a street collapses in baltimore following that record rainfall this week. a crowd of people were standing around wednesday, they were taking pictures of what was a partially collapsed road, not realizing it was about to get
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much worse there. take a look as the cars just sink in, as the rain-soaked ground just gives way. and all those cars were sent crashing down below on to the train tracks. a lot of frightened folks there, as you hear. officials now say the residents of the block may be kept out of their homes for up to 40 days. that is just unbelievable. chicago firefighters were called on overnight to rescue a woman from the middle of the chicago river. the water temperature was about 50 degrees. a passerby threw the woman a life preserver and she held on until rescuers arrived. she was taken to the hospital in good condition. still no word on how the woman ended up in the river. a subway train collision this morning in south korea's capital that caused minor injuries for dozens of people. officials say one train plowed into another that had stopped because of mechanical problems. at least 30 people were hospitalized. the accident comes as south koreans are criticizing their government for lax safety practices that many blame for the tragic ferry boat sinking
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last month. dozens of colleges here in the united states now under investigation for the way they handle sexual assault allegations by their students. for the first time, the education department has revealed its list of the 55 colleges under investigation, and it includes several major universities like harvard, princeton, usc, and the university of michigan. the obama administration sought to bring more openness to the issue of sexual violence on and around the nation's campuses. president obama hosts german chancellor angela merkel at the white house today. the two leaders are expected to discuss tougher sanctions against russia over issues with ukraine. chancellor merkel is viewed as a pivotal figure in the standoff. and a rockford, ohio, teen gives his great-grandmother the gift of a lifetime. austin dennison took his great-grandmother delores to his senior prom because she never got to go when she was in high school.
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this is great home video. start crying now, savannah. the two slow dancing together while the others looked on. an incredible gesture there. the night started with dinner at bob evans, one of her favorite places to go eat. the two, get this, they were home by 9:00 p.m. >> that's my dream night right there. >> just what her father said. better be home by 9:00. >> what a sweetheart. i just love that. what a great young man. he should be applauded. >> good man. >> not to mention he probably won all the girls after that. total ploy for the girls. >> should we turn to carson for the weather. >> no problem. let's check out the weather. >> exactly. there he goes. >> i don't know where to go. >> we have al roker, he's at churchill downs in louisville for tomorrow's kentucky derby. good morning to you, al. >> you go ahead, pull that, daily. i'll show up at "the voice." >> oh! >> snap. >> it's on, now. >> fighting words. >> throwing down the gauntlet. we are here at the back side of
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churchill downs. 140th running of the roses. it is going to be one heck of a race. coverage starting tomorrow on nbc. we'll get to that in a second. let's show you what's been going on down in florida. i mean, they already got socked with upwards of 20, 22 inches of rain. guess what. more coming. the stationary front is just not going anywhere, hence the phrase stationary front. and so moisture is going to be riding up along that and it's not going anywhere. look at the rainfall amounts. basically upwards of 1 to 2 inches. some areas picking up maybe locally 3 inches of rain. and that stationary front, also the dividing line from the difference in temperatures. take a look at what we're going to see below the front. hialeah, 88. tampa, 80. on the backside of the front, 69 in jacksonville. 65 in tallahassee. 15 degrees below -- 19 degrees below normal. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. i alsboysenberry,ber,
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>> and that's your latest weather. guys? >> all right, al, we'll check in with you in a little bit. taking a turn now. it has been almost a year since three young women escaped from a house in cleveland where they were held for more than a decade. michelle knight was the first to be kidnapped, and she has a new book coming out called "finding me." we sat down with michelle for an exclusive interview and she says despite everything she's been through, she still believes there's more kindness in the world than evil. >> vibrant butterfly, full of life. every time i see one, it reminds me how precious life can truly be. >> it's hard to believe michelle knight wrote those hopeful words in her diary while she was still locked inside ariel castro's house, a captivity that lasted more than a decade. i think one of the most remarkable things about you is you are a survivor, with a capital s. what do you think it is inside you that gives you that strength? >> sometimes in life, you have a
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dark past that makes you who you are. but it doesn't define who you are. it just makes you stronger. >> michelle had to draw on that strength many times in the house, where she was often chained up and subjected to such relentless abuse, she says she even considered suicide. does this look like the house you remember? >> yep. exactly. >> using a model of castro's house, michelle showed us how he hid the girls when he had visitors. when people would come to the house, you girls would be up here? >> yes. and he will take speakers, chairs, couch seats, whatever, put it right there, and he'll block from anyone getting up the stairs at all. >> one thing that helped michelle survive, she says, was the deep bond she shared with fellow kidnapping victim gina dejesus. >> there were days, like he'll
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come in and he'll just do bad things in front of me. and i'll take her hand and i'll tell her everything's going to be okay. one day we'll get out. one day we'll be free. one day we won't be voiceless. >> for now, michelle is focused on making the most of her freedom. she's even changed her name. why did you decide to create a new name? >> i fell like every brand-new start needs new beginnings. my name is lillian rose lee. >> you wrote in your diary a long time ago about the butterfly. do you feel like the butterfly? >> yeah. she's able to express herself the way she wants now, and able to be free without control, and no worries. i'm that butterfly. freedom to fly.
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>> that is a remarkable young woman. as you heard, she's got a new name now. she goes by lily. just one of many changes in her life. she's got her own apartment now. she's taking cooking classes because she would like to become a chef. i think people will be really moved to hear from her. we've got more of the interview on "dateline." and michelle's going to be here monday morning and talk to us live on the "today" show. >> how about her talking about keeping hope alive. one day we'll be free. and that day came. >> all the stories i have covered, this one has stuck with me. and she, i think, will inspire people and make them look at themselves and think if she can overcome that, surely i can overcome what i've been through. >> and to have such a positive attitude that there's still so much good in the world after all that she's been through. >> so look for that this weekend. we'll make a little bit of a turn here to politics. a race that's getting a lot of attention. clay aiken is used to being at the mercy of the voters. he came in second on "american idol" in 2003, and now he's running for congress in north carolina, hitting the campaign trail ahead of next tuesday's primary. nbc's kelly o'donnell caught up with him.
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>> reporter: when he says hello at brownie lou's restaurant -- >> louise, i'm clay. >> i know you. you're famous. >> reporter: breaks out a smile for selfies. clay aiken is campaigning for a big career change. >> you going to vote on tuesday? don't forget. you going to vote for me? >> reporter: from pop singer to politician. >> this is the kind of stuff that we already have enough of in d.c. >> reporter: at home here in north carolina, aiken is a democrat running for congress. do you think you're being taken seriously as a candidate? >> i think that's a challenge for me. >> reporter: he knows that some fans who voted for him 11 years ago on "american idol" could reject his jump to politics. >> we are all just waiting for obscurity. and while i've got this microphone and this stage and this platform, i want to do something with it that matters. >> reporter: but that fame may not be enough. >> i just think that he might not have the gravitas. >> a very good answer! >> reporter: aiken campaigns on
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his work advocating for special needs children. >> can i stand back here with you guys? >> reporter: he's 35, openly gay and a single dad. one of three democrats running in a conservative republican district. does being a gay candidate have any impact on this race? >> it's not an issue for me. it is not an issue for most of the people who i speak with in this district. >> reporter: the attention he does get often turns to pressure to perform. even from stephen colbert. ♪ o say -- >> i'm going to leave it to you. >> reporter: he says he may not be accepted back as an entertainer. win or lose, is your singing career over? >> um, listen, i sing at home all the time. >> reporter: so clay aiken is giving up the applause for a shot at a new public stage. for "today," kelly o'donnell, nbc news, north carolina. >> fun to see clay aiken running there. he's got an uphill climb to become the congressman of north
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carolina. >> don't you feel like we should ask carson? >> from a political race, to a horse race, here we go. >> i was just thinking "the voice," "american idol." >> what was the question? he'll be fine. good luck to you, buddy. >> that was a total scratch. >> i was going with "the voice," "american idol." >> i thought you wanted my political opinion on clay aiken running in north carolina. >> i do. but maybe later. >> chuck todd, your job is safe. >> carson, what's shaking? >> 140th running of the two most exciting minutes in sports. kentucky derby this weekend. the running of the roses. got a whole thing going on this weekend, i know al's down there in kentucky. one of the most fun things in sports. one of the great, great sporting events. o obviously one of the most historic. we asked you, what are you most looking forward to in saturday's kentucky derby? 48% of you said the race. probably because it's just so fast. the horse's names are always so
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fun. there's your odds-on favorite. we haven't had an odds-on favorite in a long time. that's california chrome on a five-race win streak right now. here's some of those fun names you also like. danza named after tony danza. vicar's in trouble. intense holiday. candy boy. there is a kentucky derby name generator, if you put in the first initial of your name and your birthday, here's what you get. look at savannah, old julep. >> old? no! old julep! >> thunder glory. not too bad. rum steel. falcon red, natalie, that's good one. bourbon sun. and i'm razor edge. >> i like falcon red. >> i like old julep! >> we'll never forget it. >> it really has a ring, doesn't it? >> the 50/1 long shot bringing up the rear. >> old savannah's been ridden
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hard, old, julep. >> oh, my gosh, clip the mic. clip the mic. >> there you go. >> al, we may or may not check in with you later. thank you very much. >> i've been having some mint juleps myself down here. >> we gotcha. >> scene. coming up on "love your selfie," jordin sparks opening up about overcoming body image issues to love the skin you're in. while fashion guru gok wan helps you find confidence now that swimsuit season is here. then the royals in america. prince william and prince harry arrived in memphis last night. what they've got planned for their big weekend in the state. but first, this is "today" on nbc. is split in two.
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coming up, amanda knox responds to an italian court's stunning explanation for convicting her. ♪ ♪
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[ male announcer ] spring is calling. get a troy-bilt 2800 psi pressure washer, now just $279 at lowe's. a very good morning to you, 7:26 now. i'm laura garcia cannon. breaking news going on in san francisco. firefighters flames broke out about an hour ago on bright street near the 280 highway 1 intersection. not too far. we're told at least three homes have possibly caught fire. the flames are said to be so intense, crews have called for backup twice. no word on any injuries. we do have a crew headed to the scene. we'll bring you the very latest information as soon as it comes into our newsroom. in the meantime, congressman eric swalwell will inspect the perimeter of san jose international airport in order to figure out how to improve security.
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swalwell asked the government accountability office which hasn't been done since 2009. last month, a teenager hopped the fence and managed to wander around the airport undetected and even made it into the wheel well of a plane and road that plane to hawaii. want to check in with christina now and she has a look at our forecast. >> good morning, laura. happy friday to you at home. taking a live look here at san francisco and our friend, the fog. this is going to cool us off as we head throughout the day today, this is actually the tippy top of the golden gate bridge. all that's left of it. as we head tlohroughout the day today, that cool westerly flow will bring it inland and temperatures will drop off in the tune and 56 degrees in san francisco and on your way to 76 and 8 5 here in the south bay with changes coming through and eight to ten degrees cooler by tomorrow and temperatures tumble even more so and by saturday a chance for showers and talk about that and here's mike with
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your drive. >> backup at the bay bridge and the toll plaza itself is packed in well past the 880 overcrossing. we'll show you the maps and slower drive and eastbound 580 and that is your commute direction and an earlier crash is blocking your slow lane still. smoother drive and the rest of your bay moves nicely and the south bay, the northbound routes just starting to kick in with some slowing. thank you for joining us, as well. another local news update coming up in half an hour. we'll see you then.amy gr gurt. with two unique ingredients. to mix in however your heart desires. go on. spoon me. mixim - from the ehrmann family. it's love, your way.
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7:30 now on this friday morning, second day of may, 2014. there's a look at one of the most iconic streets in the country, beale street in memphis. for the next few days, know who's going to be walking in memphis? not just the spirit of the king elvis, but two young princes, william and harry. go ahead, willie, squeal like you did earlier. >> as one of the country's royal watchers, i'm very excited about that. >> how did you get out of that assignment? >> i know, i guess they surprised us all because i'm not there. meantime, let's take a look at what's making headlines. there are new reports that donald sterling is fighting prostate cancer. as for his scandal, an nba advisory committee met for the first time to begin the process
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of forcing sterling to sell his team. meanwhile, officials from three countries will sit down to discuss the next step in the search for malaysia airlines flight 370. this could take another eight months to a year. and we're getting a dramatic look at a massive landslide in baltimore as it happened during this week's heavy rain. officials say people who live in the area were forced to evacuate, could be kept out of their homes for up to 40 days. coming up, pop star jordin sparks joins our "love your selfie" conversation, reclaiming beauty. plus fashion guru gok wan is back and this morning is going to show women of all shapes and sizes how to embrace and actually enjoy swimsuit season. and can you believe it, guys? it's been ten years since the "friends" finale. >> wow. >> 52 million people watched it live. a decade later, the show remains as popular as ever. we'll look back at the craze, and also the rembrandts are going to perform. >> ready?
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>> i thought you were going to wear the haircut, the rachel. >> more on that. we've got a developing story this morning. the amanda knox case. she's responding to a new explanation of her murder conviction. in a moment, we're going to talk to knox's former boyfriend, who was also found guilty alongside her. first with the latest, nbc's keir simmons on what knox has had to say. >> i -- i did not kill my friend. i did not wield a knife. i had no reason to. >> reporter: for close to seven years, amanda knox and her then boyfriend raffaele sollecito had been accused of killing british student meredith kercher. convicted, acquitted, then reconvicted. >> there's this huge weight and there's this huge struggle, and trying to learn each step of the way what's so wrong and how i
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can fix it. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn, she talks about her fear of going back to prison. >> it's way too overwhelming for me to even conceive. >> reporter: this week, the italian court that reconvicted her of killing meredith kercher claimed there had been a heating up of an argue between amanda and the english student involving increasing aggressiveness. amanda knox and raffaele sollecito were the killers, the judge said, but she says the court ignored a lack of evidence. >> if i were there, i would have had traces of meredith's broken body on me, and i would have left traces of myself around meredith's corpse. and i am not there, and that proves my innocence. >> reporter: raffaele sollecito attended the trial. amanda knox did not. but thousands of miles away from
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each other, they face a new fight together. >> it's only speculation that convicts us. it's evidence that acquits us. >> reporter: for "today," keir simmons, nbc news, london. >> and raffaele sollecito is with us exclusively. he writes about this case in the book "honor bound: my life to hell and back with amanda knox." and his attorney is here with us in studio. good morning to both of you. >> hi, savannah. >> good morning. it's a pleasure to be here. >> it's good to talk to you again. i have to ask you what you thought now that you've had a chance to look more closely at the court's reasoning for convicting you. >> can you repeat, please, the question? i didn't understand very well. >> how did you react when you heard the court's reasoning, its explanation for convicting you? >> basically, we are reading it. it's 370 pages, more than that.
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and i'm still detailing all the aspects of this report. but basically, it's full of errors. there are mistakes all over the pages. they invented new evidence. they pictured something happening that was never happening. actually, they invented the fiction, the real fiction inside the report. and we are working to pinpoint, me and my legal team, we are working to pinpoint every aspect on this report. and i will come up with the details for our appeal against this report. >> you have said that you feel like a stranger to this case. you had only known amanda six days when this happened. i think you had met meredith kercher twice. what do you mean when you say you feel like a stranger to
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the case? >> because i didn't know meredith kercher. i had no reason to argue with amanda or meredith or with anybody in this case. i am completely a stranger in this case. there's nothing against me. no clue, no little piece of suspect, nothing at all. my position is even different from amanda's. so basically, in this case, i have always been a stranger, and that's the reason why they still try to put me aside, to forget me. because there's no reason to -- there's no way to explain my participation in such a horrible murder. >> very quickly, you were out of the country after you were released from prison. do you now regret returning to
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italy? are you sorry you returned to italy? >> i came back to italy because here i have my dreams, my life, my friends. and i have nothing to hide. i have nothing to hide. there's nothing against me. and nothing has ever been against me. i have really a clear conscience. and there's no reason for me to accept or understand the reason why i am to flee, or i have to look at my back or the shadows for the rest of my life, fleeing from this reality. i came back to face this ordeal because it is completely
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unbelievable. it is out of reality. and it's only fiction. >> raffaele sollecito, thank you for being here. it's always good to talk to you. and i'm turning to you, john, just to ask you a basic question. do you think these two can gate fair shake in the italian justice system? >> they did once, and hopefully they'll get it again. the appellate trail for a new hearing based on the evidence and lack of evidence. >> all right. john, thank you so much. >> sure, savannah. let's take a turn. we'll get a check of the weather from al who's at the kentucky derby. hey, al. >> hey, good morning, savannah and folks. the weather is going to be perfect for the derby, running of the derby. of course, today, they've got the oaks, the kentucky oaks. you can see coverage on the nbc sports network at 3:00. tomorrow, nbc sports coverage begins at noon, and nbc sports coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. right on nbc. sunny, mild, 73 degrees. going to be spectacular. rest of your weekend, wet weather from the great lakes into the northeast. rain again down in florida.
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sunny and hot from texas into the southwest. and some rain in the pacific northwest. sunday, sunday! look for more rain and windy conditions throughout much of the northeast into the upper ohio river valley. sunny and hot for the southern third of the country. more rain in the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. 7:39. what a difference a day makes. happy friday to you, bay area. temperatures overnight have definitely cooled off, we're running eight to five degrees cooler than this time yesterday, most of your cities across the bay area and widespread 40s and 50s for now on our way to comfortable levels and i want to show you the difference between san jose and san francisco where we have these cooling clouds in san francisco and and the inland valleys end up warmer today and 76 san francisco and 85 south bay. >> and that's your latest weather. guys, back t >> and that's your latest weather.o guys, back to you. >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up, "love your
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harry and prince william were here in town until we saw them for ourselves last night. and here in memphis, there has not been this much excitement about a royal since the king was here. elvis, that is. at the rendezvous barbecue, a fleeting glimpse of prince harry followed by prince william. >> what are the chances that they would show up while we're here? maybe they knew we were coming. >> reporter: the royals in memphis for the wedding of their friend, millionaire london nightclub owner guy pelley, who arrived at the same restaurant with bride-to-be, heiress liz si wilson. her grandfather founded holiday inn. but just getting will yan and harry into town was a crowning achievement. a private jet, a motorcade driving to the swanky estate. not exactly hush-hush. it was more like just hush, because no one would confirm anything. >> i can not officially confirm this visit.
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>> reporter: the wedding is said to be at the exclusive memphis hunt and polo club. the staff could be see hard at work setting up for something, but management wasn't saying what. prince william apparently here without his bride kate. prince harry just recently split from his girlfriend, also traveling solo, spotted in miami beach wednesday, doing a little pre-party partying. he and his entourage were seen having dinner at an upscale asian restaurant, and later at the trendy live nightclub. meanwhile, the mayor of memphis says his city has seen royalty before. >> the queen of soul aretha was born in our city. king of rock, elvis. king of the blues, b.b. >> reporter: but today, it's the british royals who are holding court. while they're here, prince william and prince harry, of course, could go visit the king's mansion, elvis's
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graceland. or they could come down here to beale street because the music festival begins here tonight. back to you guys. >> a lot going on in memphis. kerry, thanks so much. can we just say to the bridesmaids, ladies, it is on. >> you know what? get thee to the facialist. go pluck those eyebrows. harry, he's single. >> how many single ladies are now booking flights to memphis, do you think? >> that's going to be a fun wedding. >> to be a fly on the wall. coming up on "trending," new music from michael jackson. the debut of the first sing from the late singer's upcoming album. and we'll kick off our celebration of the hit show "friends." can you believe it's been ten years since the finale? but first, these messages. mom, i may not have the words to thank you for everything you've done for me - the sacrifices you've made, the love and care you've given... but no matter what, you'll always have my respect,
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morning everyone. we do have breaking news in san francisco. firefighters trying to save home to save homes fire broke out on bright street near the highway 280 intersection. here's a live picture from the scene. we are told at least three homes caught fire, i think you can see the smoke there. flames are intense and crews have had to call backup twice. we are significantly back from the scene. two people were hurt and we're told their injuries are not life threatening. the family of a bay area woman meanwhile who died while ziplining in hawaii are waiting for answers on what caused that answer. officials say 20-year-old trish was originally from santa rosa. she lived in hawaii, worked as a guide at the zipline company. she was ziplining yesterday morning on maui and fell about 150 feet into a ravine and by the time rescuers reached her t
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was too late. good morning to you, scott. happy friday to you at home. temperatures mostly in the 50s to low 60s right now but take a look at the difference between the coast and the san francisco bay. we have those thick, low clouds rolling in here in san francisco and as a result, we'll see some pretty good cooling today. onshore flow has returned and for us that drops your temperatures by toen degrees from yesterday's highs. 83 from the peninsula. looking good as we get into your weekend. ten degree dropoff today and another ten degrees tomorrow and maybe some rain over the weekend. we'll talk about that in my next report. showing the fire pictures in san francisco and the ocean view rerouted around that intersection around randolph and brig brighton. jamming past an earlier crash in warren just south of this map here. that is slow for friday relative to a friday commute and the friday commute for the rest of your bay, typical for this day. a lighter volume of traffic and an easier flow.
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scott, back to you. >> we'll continue to cover that fire, more coverage in half an hour.
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♪ it's 8:00 on "today." "love your selfie." pop star jordin sparks on how she came to accept her body. >> i think not succumbing to the pressure is harder than actually giving in to it. >> and how she's helping other women find their inner beauty. plus, how safe are the driers at that nail salon? an alarming new warning for those who just can't live without their manis and pedis. and -- they were there for you. hard to believe it's been ten years since the "friends" finale. >> how you doin'? >> what was monica's nickname when she was a field hockey goalie? >> big fat goalie. >> correct. >> this morning we'll celebrate the show and get a performance from the band behind that iconic
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song, today, may 2nd. >> we're from florida on our senior trip! >> visiting new york for the first time! >> whoo! >> good morning, cincinnati. i'm pregnant! >> nashville, tennessee! >> good morning, marchville, louisiana. >> hi, momma and daddy. good morning. welcome back to "today." this is a great crowd on our plaza this morning. it's a huge crowd. and i think this is a crowd that just feels friday in their guts. >> yes. >> you know, they just are so boisterous and excited and we're happy to have them. >> finally got some spring weather. >> it feels so good out here. >> it only took us six months to get here, but we have a nice
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day. by the way, all week next week on "today," we're celebrating motherhood with something special. we're calling mom's the word, every day leading up to mother's day, we're going to have a series of big surprises for some well-deserving moms, and you will not want to miss how we kick it all off monday on "today." >> excited for that. now let's get a check of the morning's top stories. natalie, good morning again. good morning, everyone. disgraced los angeles clippers owner donald sterling reportedly has cancer. according to "the new york post," the 80-year-old sterling has been battling prostate cancer. on tuesday, he was banned for life from the nba for making racist remarks in a private conversation that was recorded and leaked to "tmz." a minnesota teen is in custody this morning charged with plotting to murder his family and carrying out a massacre at school. police believe 17-year-old john david ladue was no more than two weeks away from putting his alleged plan into action. they were tipped off when somebody reported that he was at a storage facility acting suspiciously. police say they found bomb-making supplies inside and that ladue had also stockpiled guns and even reportedly tested some of his explosives near an
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elementary school. a new study might have you thinking twice about one of life's little luxuries. it found that those uv dryers at many nail salons could pose a long-term health hazard. >> i use the drier probably like every three weeks. >> according to the new report, it takes an average 11 uses of nail salon uv lamps to deliver enough uva to possibly raise the risk of cancer. dr. lindsay ship tested 17 different nail driers and found a wide variety of ultraviolet light radiation levels. >> these lamps emit uva light and that can actually lead to a risk. >> there are only two reported cases of women developing skin cell cancers on their hands that could be linked to manicures. industry insiders say any reported risks are overblown. >> it's dermatologists who are looking to kind of jump on the anti-uv bandwagon. you could walk to the salon, and
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that's more sun exposure than you would get than when you're in the salon. >> at star nail in los angeles, the dryers are just part of the process. the study recommends using special gloves or sunscreen. still, for many, even the study's author, the major benefits of a good mani pedi outweigh any risks. >> i do feel comfortable getting them down, maybe every couple months. the phrase flipping a house has a whole new meaning in shanghai, china. take a look at this house. it was built upside down to give tourists a chance to walk on the ceiling. even the furniture there, as you see, is upside down. some visitors have reported mild feelings of dizziness or seasickness after spending even just a few minutes inside the upside down house. it's 8:05 right now. let's send it back to al once
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again at churchill downs. >> "today's" weather is brought to you by kay jewelers. every kiss begins with kay. >> natalie, thank you so much. well, of course, it will be the 140th running of the roses, the kentucky derby here at churchill downs. of course, here on nbc. and a lot of people don't need a lot of reasons to watch. but with apologies to david letterman, here are the top five reasons to watch the kentucky derby. number five is the favorite, california chrome. this horse is looking to win its fifth straight race. all its recent victories have been by five lengths or more. california chrome's trainer, 77-year-old art sherman, and he'll become the oldest trainer to ever win if he his horse is first across the finish line. number four reason, a strong contender. that's right. wicked strong was named in honor of the victims of the boston marathon bombing. and the owner, massachusetts-based centennial farms, plans to send a portion of the horse's earnings to the one fund to benefit bombing
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victims. number three, it's a chance to see ladies first. rosie napravnik is looking to become the first female jockey to win the kentucky derby. the 26-year-old hails from new orleans, where she won the louisiana derby in march aboard vicar's in trouble. the number two reason to watch, a pair of hall of fame jockeys. gary stephens and calvin burrell, each in search of a fourth kentucky derby. only three jockeys have won four or more times. the 51-year-old stephens rides candy boy and 47-year-old burrell is aboard ride on curlin'. the number one reason to watch the kentucky derby, the spectacle of it all. the big hats, the suits, the mint juleps. whether your horse wins or loses, it's no long shot that you're going to have a good time. did i mention the mint juleps? the traditional silver cup, pewter cup. but you've also got this commemorative cup here.
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this one has all the kentucky derby winners on it. this being the 140th. who will be the 140th name? you'll have to watch tomorrow on nbc to find out. oh, it will be a good time. that's what's going on around the country. here sounds delicious. 8:07, now. taking a live look at our cooling agent, finally getting that onshore flow. those low clouds moving in. and as a result, your temperatures are kind of all over the place. we're in the 40s in the north bay. make your way into san francisco, you're at 59 degrees. whatever way you break off and drive down around the san francisco bay, you're going to end up in the 60s. and right now we're at 60 degrees in the south bay, on our way toward the mid-80s. then we have some changes coming your way as we get into that all-important weekend. temperatures are going to tumble even more so as we head into tomorrow. >> and that's your and that's your latest weather. guys? >> looking good down there.
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next on "trending," the marines show their softer side with a version of "let it go" that you absolutely must hear to believe. okay, and then learning to love your body type. pop star jordin sparks joins our "love your selfie" conversation and dares to reveal her weight. good for her. and a celebration of spring. ten years after the finale, how the sitcom became a global phenomenon, plus, the band will be here to perform the theme song live. first, these messages. ♪
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behaves like the surface of your skin. now watch what soap does to it. ♪ soap strips your skin. dove is different. with 1/4 moisturizing cream, dove doesn't strip your skin like soap. those are the rembrandts doing our vine 360 booth and they're going to do their most famous song for us as we celebrate ten years since the "friends" finale. we'll get to that in a second. back with what's trending today. the world's most perfect man. who is it? >> clooney. >> i don't want to get in trouble. >> a little earlier. >> david. statue of david.
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for 500 years, michelangelo's david has been held up as this towering tribute to ideal male physique. but the renaissance statue may be brought down by, yes, weak ankles. that is the dire warning from italian scientists this morning. new tests show it could collapse under its own weight. david's ankles, or shall we call them cankles, are riddles with cracks. traffic is not helping. now there's some calls to remove the statue out of the city of florence. >> reinforce them? >> now, they'll put them in a barka lounger. >> get him a flat screen. >> exactly. >> how weak could they be? they've held up for half a millennium. >> it's a pretty good run. michael jackson has been gone now for nearly five years, but new album featuring previously unreleased songs from the king of pop goes on sale later this month. and thursday night, fans finally got a chance to hear the first
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single. ♪ >> the song is called "love never felt so good." usher helping to roll it out at the iheart radio music awards. michael originally wrote and recorded the track in 1983. producers have updated, even adding justin timberlake on a bonus track. >> that one's going to be topping the charts. >> usher was great last night, by the way. he's got it, his moves. good to hear michael jackson. it proves how timeless his music is. because when you hear it now, it sounds like it could be on the radio. >> you know l.a. reid, one of the producers of the track, will be here monday. look forward to that. we have all seen a lot of "frozen" parodies and tribute videos with fans belting out "let it go." but you just have to see this one. this is what happens when you get a bunch of marines in the spirit. take a look.
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♪ let it go let it go ♪ >> whoo! yeah! >> aww. >> i thought i got excited when i watched "frozen." >> marines known for their toughness. these guys obviously don't mind letting what little hair they do have down. they were cheering on elsa there. >> just when you think you're sick of all those tributes, in come the marines. >> they're in touch with their feminine side. they may not like that, but we like
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at 8:16, we're back with more of our ongoing "love your selfie" series. pop superstar jordin sparks is on a mission to feel better about her body, and to help others do the same. "today" contributing correspondent jenna bush hager got to spend some time with jordin. hey, jenna, good morning. >> that's right. good morning. sparks, like many women, has struggled with the dreaded bathing suit season. in fact, in a recent "today" aol body image survey, we found that 68% of women say they don't feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit. but for jordin, things have
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started to change. many people still remember jordin sparks as the 17-year-old winner of "american idol." seven years later, much has changed. so, jordin, talk me through this body transformation you've been going through. >> oh, my gosh. i guess i had gotten really sick. i was about to celebrate my birthday and i was like i should be in the prime of my life right now. i shouldn't be feeling like this. i really need to make my health a priority and that's what i did. >> transforming her diet, she became more active, and along the way challenged the pressures of celebrity beauty. >> you're part of the hollywood scene i think in some ways. >> yeah. >> how hard is it? what's the pressure like for you to be thin? >> it does get a little crazy. i think not succumbing to the pressure is harder than actually giving in to it. it would be easy to be like okay, i'm going to try and look like everybody else. instead, i loved the way i looked before. i was comfortable with how i
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looked. but a lot of it has been the really focusing on becoming healthier, and that in turn, the plus side was that my body changed, which was awesome. it wasn't about being a zero or a certain size or anything like that. >> how do you feel about your relationship with the mirror? >> oh, the mirror. my relationship with the mirror has gotten better. and i know that there are some women who struggle to even look themselves in the mirror. and i hope that those women who are struggling can watch this and go, you know what? i'm okay with who i am, and i'm beautiful in my own way. >> but for jordin, the mirror helps reveal how far her journey has taken her. >> so, bathing suit season. you've become somehow a poster woman. >> i guess, yes. i guess i kicked it off. >> so you posted this photo of you online in a bikini. >> i was like, okay, i'm going to wear this bathing suit. and they were just like, you look great? i was like really? this is okay? this bathing suit looks all right? because for me, that was such a
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huge thing to do. i don't just walk around in bathing suits. >> but the response on social media was overwhelmingly positive. >> do you feel like a side effect of all of this is that you've gotten to be this advocate for young women? >> i know that i have a lot of people watching. i was like, oh, my gosh, they're going to have pictures from every single angle. i don't know how this is going to turn out. but it was empowering at the same time because i did it, and then the pictures were out and that's it. there they are. >> so just do it, is that your vase? >> just go have a good time. just go have a good time. have fun. and, you know, rock your bathing suit, whether it's a tankini or a one piece or a bikini, dress yourself up and go have a good time. >> you've lost 50 pounds in 18 months, is that right? >> yes. >> but you say that you're not super, super thin. >> i'm not. i'm not, i swear. last time i weighed myself, i was -- and i fluctuate a little bit, so i go anywhere from 155
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to 161. so i'm right around there. >> so take that -- >> there we go. there it is in a box, in a nutshell right from my mouth, that is how much i weigh and i am okay with it. >> does that feel empowering to say that? >> that feels really good, actually. that's how much i weigh, hollywood. >> so jordin hopes in some small way that she can be a role model for young women, that it's about being healthy and not necessarily skinny. >> good for her. >> she looks amazing. >> but what she did was to try to feel better. it wasn't to try to look like a certain way. and there's a lot of pressures. >> especially hollywood. she's gorgeous. >> she worked hard to get there, too. >> she did. coming up, famed stylist gok wan -- did i say that right? gok wan. shows women of all sizes how to strut their stuff on the beach season. meantime, carson is in the orange room to kick off our "friends" celebration. >> that's right, guys. believe it or not, next week it will have been a decade since the season finale.
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we're asking you guys, who's your favorite "friends" character? about 55 million people tuned in for that finale on may 6th and watched them walk out on the show's iconic apartment and into pop culture history forever. take a look. they were six 20-somethings navigating life's up and downs in new york city. three guys -- joey transcribeib the central yan charmer. the sarcastic. and nerdy ross geller. three gals, ross's formerly fat sister monica. >> i know! >> her high school friend and reformed daddy's girl rachel green. >> maybe i don't need your money. wait, i said maybe! >> and the new agy phoebe buffay. >> smelly cat, smelly cat, what
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are they feeding you? >> their world, central perk coffee shop and monica's greenwich village apartment. >> what was monica's nickname when she was a field hockey goalie? >> big fat goalie. >> every once in a while, a show comes around and completely defines the decade. for the '90s, it was "friends." >> it premiered two decades ago and instantly became a pop culture phenomenon. >> it had dialogue that people are still quoting to this day and some of the best tv characters ever created. >> the yellow picture frame that hung on the door sold at an auction in 2011 for a whopping $51,000. >> oh, my god! >> in beijing, chinese fans can go to their own central perk replica cafe. and then there was the hair style that took over a nation. >> and now i look back at it, let's face it, is it the silliest thing you've ever seen? >> hairdos aside -- >> i can't believe how stupid we used to look.
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>> like our real friends, we went with them to prom. >> oh, dad! >> shared in their proposals. >> will you marry me? >> yes. >> and went to unforgettable weddings. >> i, ross, take thee rachel -- >> we all as actors wonder, wow, will we ever create a character that will be as long-lasting or as memorable. >> pivot! pivot! >> shut up! shut up! shut up! >> i was so young. i was 24 when we started. it was just amazing. >> over the years, countless reunion rumors have come and gone, and the latest shot down just a week ago by courteney cox on "the late show with david letterman." >> i've been trying to put together a cast dinner for ten years. it hasn't happened. >> even if the cast has moved on, there's no question they'll be forever our "friends." >> look at me. i'm chandler.
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could i be wearing any more clothes? >> see, he's her lobster. >> it's you and me, all right? this is it. >> this is it. unless we're on a break. >> nobody will ever forget, these are characters that we're still thinking about, whether we watch "friends" in reruns or not. >> still there for us ten years later. and we asked around, who was your favoritefriend character? willie had phoebe. we all said joey. chandler, rachel, phoebe at the top. poor ross down there 9%. back in 2004, savannah, your first day. you had the rachel. you were rocking the rachel. >> natalie had the rachel. and then this is the first time natalie and i were ever on air together. >> this is when we knew it was love at first sight. >> it is. i was a reporter for court tv. we were talking about this for years. i was so nervous to talk to natalie. we chatted and she was so cute and then at the end, she said hey, nice outfit choice.
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>> we were friends from then on. >> that's where it started. >> but yes, we had the rachel. >> company-issued blazer and company-issued haircut. >> carson, thanks a lot. >> you guys got it. >> by the way, the rembrandts are plugging in right now getting ready to do that iconic song "i'll be there for you" coming up in just a few minutes. then we've got johnny weir and tara lipinski. they are going to commentate on the fashions and everythin
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good morning to you. 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. we do have breaking news going on in san francisco. we've got video to show you, just into our newsroom. it's a fire in the engelside heights neighborhood. at least three homes have caught fire. flames are set to be so intense that crews had to call for backup twice. two people were hurt, but we're told their injuries are not life threatening. it's all happening on bright street. it is east of the 280 highway 12 intersection. i wonder if you can see it from those roadways. let's check in with mike. >> we don't is have any slowdowns reported because of that, but we have an issue because of muni. reroute, well, your bus will have to reroute. slight delays through that neighborhood. avoid the area because of all of the activity. the bay bridge has a backup, filling in the toll plaza.
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let me show you the maps on the approach. the east shore freeway looking a little better through berkeley. friday's commute, a little bit lighter, but we didn't expect this early, we will track that. meanwhile, oakland and 580, 880, both slow down through oakland. clearing by the time they hit 24. still slow southbound from the dumbarton bridge. crawls towards mission boulevard. the earlier crash looks completely cleared. and just your standard friday. back to you. >> your standard friday. we'll be back with another local news update for you in about half an hour. have a great friday. latte or au lait? cozy or cool?
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8:30 now on this friday morning, second day of may, 2014. beautiful morning here. what a lovely crowd. and, you know what? can you just move over, your hat's -- >> your hat's in my way. >> we have competing problems here. your hats are too big. carson and i both have giant heads. >> mine was on top of my head a second ago like a thimble and kevin spacey just walked in. i was like hi, mr. spacey, how
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are you? >> it's a little tiny. >> what does the size of the hat say about the size of the man? al is actually at the derby, which is why we're wearing these hats. >> yes, he is, he's hanging out at churchill downs talking kentucky derby fashion with the dynamic duo john donvan any weia lipinski. >> i like johnny's hat. >> it's a bird cage. >> one of the most talented actors in the world is here this morning, kevin spacey, two-time oscar winner. he's got a new documentary. maybe he's filming it right now. kevin's here and hopefully has forgotten about this whole hat thing we're doing. >> we've got to work on his selfie skills. and we have more of our celebration of "friends." the guys who brought us the show's hit theme song, the rembrandts, they're performing
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it live shortly. >> we have a special treat. i can't do this. one of our friends at "the voice" gave us something. the first single from his upcoming album. take a look. >> what's up, you guys? this is usher and this is a sneak peek of my new video "good kisser." ♪ i'm guessing that it's true nobody kiss like you don't nobody kiss like you ♪ ♪ don't nobody kiss like you don't nobody kiss like you ♪ >> the question is who's the girl he's talking about? he says he's been around the world, kissed a lot of girls, but nobody's a kisser like you. who's the you? >> who is it? >> i'll find out on "the voice" on monday. >> by the way, usher is going to be live on our plaza in september, so if you don't find out, we're going to find out in september. speaking of "the voice," kathie lee and hoda will be live from the set in los angeles on monday. carson, get the wine ready. if you are in the area and would
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like tickets -- >> get a padlock on my trailer. >> you can see "the voice" mondays and tuesdays on nbc. let's get down to al, his special guests at churchill downs ready for the derby. hey, al. >> hey, guys. hats have always been a tradition here at the derby. hats are what everybody talks about as much as the racing. joining us, we've got some special fashion and equestrian enthusiasts joining us. you know them as the breakout stars in the sochi games, nbc sports' tara lipinski and johnny weir. they have just arrived and they are ready to help us with the hat fashion show. i love the hat you're wearing, johnny. >> thank you. i am so inspired by ali"alice i wonderland" and bird cages. >> this is feathered, all of the above. >> we've got a nice fashion show. first up, let's bring up christine moore, who also happens to be our hat designer.
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she's wearing the latest trend in derby wear. this is called a hattonater? >> it is. >> it's basically a hat on a head band. what do you guys think? >> i love it. i'm a huge fan of the fascinator to begin with. if you're at the derby, you have to wear a hat, so it's the perfect mix-up. >> and i find that it's not so overwhelming, if you want to show the face or show what's going on up here, it's perfect for that. >> all right. so we have two thumbs up. next we have elizabeth, a hat with an elegant oversized bow. i guess this is the trend, johnny? >> well, i love yellow for springtime. i think it's absolutely the most elegant color. and this is very hidden. and i just absolutely love it. >> it's like mystery. >> yes, it's mysterious. >> tara, can you see? are you worried about bumping into things? >> i would be bumping into things, yes. a small tiny person with a big hat is not a good idea. >> i can see you in that hat,
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just the little legs. our next hat, patty. this is either go big or go home. >> now, this is really big. this is so kentucky derby, though, so i love it. >> oh, it's absolutely -- this is the original. she's so known for this hat. >> let's bring everybody on out. we've got a lot of different hats. want you to take a quick look at everybody's hats. we want to thank christine a. moore for all of the fabulous, fabulous hats. including the one yours truly is wearing right now. good day for a hat around here. temperatures are going to be comfortable, though, especially compared to yesterday, in your coastal areas. still a little bit on the warm side, though. through your inland valley, 76 degrees in san francisco. north bay residents, you will hit 87 degrees. heat relief there down from the 90s yesterday. 87 degrees, the forecast high in the tri-valley, and this is what you can expect. 10-degree drop-off today, even
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cooler for tomorrow, and a little bit of rain late sunday into monday. best chance, north bay, may gray for next week. >> a big thanks to tara and johnny. you guys have been very busy on nbc sports network and nbc's coverage of the running of the roses, right? >> we're excited to see some ponies run. >> all right, there you go. giddy up. coverage tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. begins on nbc sports network at noon. willie! >> say hi to my buddies tara and johnny for me. coming up next, kevin spacey on bringing shakespeare to the masses and his hit netflix series "house of cards." plus, the rembrandts perform that "friends" theme live in our studio on the tenth
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we're back at 8:38 with two-time oscar winner kevin spacey, star of "house of cards." he also runs the fabled british theatre company, the artistic
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director of the old vick. and spacey is out with a new coup documentary called "now" which highlights shakespeare's richard iii. >> i trusted that if i just go out and however i am that day, whatever mood i'm in, blue, or if i'm incredibly happy, doesn't matter. i start there. there is a remarkable thing that happens, which is that i just let the play take me. and it always does. >> kevin spacey, good morning to you. >> you don't have hat hair, by the way. >> thank you. thank you for putting a little saliva to get the flyaways. i watched the documentary, it's almost a show behind a show. it follows this traveling theatre company literally around the world. why did you think this is a good story for a documentary? >> well, it's very unique now for an entire company to go
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around the world. i think maybe it's been about 35 years or so since a company of actors have traveled -- we went across three continents, we did 12 cities around the world. it was an incredible opportunity. and also because it was a unique experience because the bridge project is what we called this, it was a combination of 50% american actors and 50% british actors coming together to see if we could do classic work and it wouldn't suck. >> and it does not, i might add. very unusual for shakespeare to get the americans and the brits together. people have said about this role of richard iii, which you play, that it has nearly killed people. >> yeah, it's a monster. >> why? >> it's a very early play of shakespeare's, and he had not yet employed the device he employed much later in all of his other plays, which is to give the leading actor breaks. so out of something like 24 scenes in the play, the character of richard is in 22 of them. and so it is a monster to do night after night after night. and also because the character is deformed. i also had to do this physical transformation where i had a brace on my leg, it was turned
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inside. i had a withered hand. i had a hump back. so it's physically very demanding, although you wouldn't notice it because i'm laughing on the floor. >> much of the play, you do look in pain. let's talk about "house of cards." i mean, you've really brought binge watching into the mainstream. are you part of that as part of your repertoire? >> i think people were bingeing even on box sets, but what we've done for the first time is released an entire series at once, which has never happened before, and it's been kind of cool to see that audiences like to be in control. they like to be able to treat it like a book. they put it down when they want to put it down. >> two quick things. 1981, old play bill, your first professional stage appearance, production of henry iv. >> oh, fantastic. that's me in the far left corner. and just above me is val kilmer. >> wow. >> both making our new york stage debuts. >> one more picture. just discuss the tie we're about to see, bowtie.
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>> oh, it's very subtle, don't you think? as subtle as the hat. >> exactly. kevin spacey, thank you. the documentary is in select theaters today. it's available for download also. up next, fashion guru goc gok wgo -- up next, fashion guru goc gok wgo -- gok wan shows women how safeway knows you don't want to fly all over town to find the best deals. that's why they have lots of ways to save. real big club card deals, the safeway app and gas rewards. this week, bite into a juicy, seedless watermelon. they're just $3.99 each. breyer's ice cream is $2.99. and start the fiesta. corona is just $11.97 a twelve pack. there's more savings to love...
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"today's" "love your selfie" is brought to you by dove. dove wants every woman's encounter with a mirror to be a positive affirmation of her beauty. >> we're back with more of our ongoing series "love your selfie" reclaiming beauty. this morning loving the skin you're in. 82% of american women feel like they need to lose weight. so how do we stop obsessing about that number on the scale and start embracing the curves? a few months ago, we taught
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bella how to take a selfie and we brought her back to meet this fashion expert, gok wan, for the next stop in her campaign. take a look. >> things that i like about my body are my bos and my leg. >> i stand six feet tall and i always love to show them off. >> one thing i would love to work on is this back fat. >> my stomach. >> my soft tummy. >> we all have parts of our body that we don't love. but for 44-year-old bella, she's more self-conscious than she is self-confident. but she doesn't need to worry because i'm here to help. >> my body is about 38 pounds overweight. i've been wearing long dresses and long skirts all along. big tops. >> the ultimate cover-up. >> absolutely. >> i think when you like your body, it doesn't matter how badly the clothing is because as long as you like it, who cares? that's what you call confidence. >> that's it. and there's a lack of confidence that never existed before. >> i think what you're missing is a sense of perspective. and i think that's where we need
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to start. every single one of these girls represents the whole of female america. >> it's beautiful. >> how does it feel to see so many different bodies? >> i feel like i fit right in with everyone else. we're all different. >> so what i want you to do is take off your robe. join the girls in your bra and pants. >> thank you very much indeed. we'll get rid of that, my darling. i want you to place yourself in this line where you think you belong when it comes to mass. overall size. imagine you're looking in the mirror, and i want you to imagine that you can see yourself, okay? >> do i step back? >> you can step back. >> i think my peers and i here have the same shape. i'm not alone. >> officially, you are putting yourself one dress size bigger than you actually are. so within two seconds, swap places. you have just lost a dress size. everyone has some level of body
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dismorphia. and that's because we need to spend more time looking at our fabulous naked selves. >> it saddens me that i see myself negatively. >> what you have got to do is you have got to stop registering size with negativity. the biggest body can be absolutely beautiful. but just look at these girls for inspiration for that. tell us about your body. >> the thing that's not my favorite are my womanly tushie hips back here. >> can i see the tushie hips? oh, look at those. i love the tushie hips. >> i see all these pictures of people when their thighs don't touch. and, you know, mine do. >> thighs that don't touch, not natural. >> we are thick. we do come in different sizes and it's exciting. >> work with what you got, make it better, and continue to love yourself. >> what is the one thing you fear the most to think actually, i'm going have to wear it? >> a bathing suit. >> lucky for you, in that room next door, i have got a lot of
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swimwear. so let's get start fitting. thank you, girls. love you! >> and gok wan is with us, now along with some of the lovely ladies he styled. >> you did great work. they look amazing. let's start with bella, because we heard in that piece, she felt very insecure. but you have a real breakthrough with her. tell us about how you got her to do this. >> well, number one, she looks incredible. >> she does. >> this is really clever because it's got a ruching detail on the side. that's great for any girl that wants to cover up her tummy. but i love the buckle. the buckle was placed just under her bust line. it gives the illusion of a smaller waist. i think she looks absolutely wonderful. i have to say. >> you look hot, bella. let's get shanna and kelly ann out here. >> any girl that wants to cover up their tummy, there's two things going on. first of all, the green swimsuit, the ruching detail is really good for covering the tummy. but the second swimsuit, the one with the color wave, sometimes
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it can make you look slimmer as well. this is contour lines around the waist, showing off kelly's tiny little waist. think about those details if you want to cover your tummy on the beach. >> work it, ladies! >> next we have reagan and crissy. what was your advice for those ladies? >> first of all with crissy, a two-piece here. if you've got a flatter chest and want to be fuller up top, go with this detail. this is great. as you can see, all her attention is just up there. the block bottom balances it out. and then with reagan, as you can see, sometimes print is the best thing you want to do if you want to add some curves. the bigger the print, the smaller the body. i think both of these work for different body shapes as well. >> they look absolutely fabulous. >> you look gorgeous, girls. >> last but not least, we have the gorgeous phyllis. >> i love this one. really demure. very, very classy. this is great. a smaller chest on the beach, a
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ruffle detail. any detail around the upper torso is great. but also, you can still hide behind dark or black. it's actually one of my favorite ones. i love it. and the racer back as well. it's beautiful if you've got great shoulders like phyllis has. >> she wanted to emphasize the bust. >> you add some weight. basically you add some movement around the chest area. really simple. >> thank you for being here. thank you, ladies. you all look wonderful. and apologies that it's 40 degrees out here. coming up next, the rembrandts are here. they will perform their iconic hit. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ i'll be there for you and we're back with more of our celebration of "friends." ten years after the hit show's finale here on nbc, the theme song "i'll be there for you" by the rembrandts was so popular, it hit number one on the charts. the rembrandts are phil solomon and danny wild along with ryan smith in the band. thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having with us. >> what do you remember about the genesis of this song? get a phone call, they're doing a little show on nbc. what happens next? >> you want to go? >> you tell them. >> it was super fast.
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i think we found out about it on a wednesday. we had a meeting on a thursday. we cut the song on saturday and it aired the following week. >> and clearly this has changed your life. >> oh yeah. what there was of it, it turned into a whole other one. >> we can't wait to hear it one more time. ladies and gentlemen, the rembrandts. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ so no one told you life was gonna be this way ♪ ♪ your job's a joke, you're broke your love life's d.o.a. ♪ ♪ it's like you're always stuck in second gear ♪ ♪ when it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year ♪ ♪ but i'll be there for you when the rain starts to pour ♪
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♪ i'll be there for you like i've been there before ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you 'cause you're there for me too ♪ ♪ your mother warned you there'd be days like these ♪ ♪ but she didn't tell you when the world ♪ ♪ has brought you down on your knees ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you when the rain starts to pour ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you like i been there before ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you 'cause you're there for me too ♪ ♪ no one could ever know me no one could ever see me ♪ ♪ seems you're the only one who
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knows what it's like to be me ♪ ♪ someone to make it through all the days with ♪ ♪ someone i'll always laugh with ♪ ♪ even at my worst, i'm best with you ♪ ♪ it's like you're always stuck in second gear ♪ ♪ when it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you when the rain starts to pour ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you like i've been there before ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you 'cause you're there for me
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too ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you i'll be there for you ♪ ♪ i'll be there for you 'cause you're there for me too ♪ good morning, everyone. 8:56. i'm scott mcgrew. thousands of warriors fans may be headed into work a little late this morning, after a long night celebrating at the roar-acle. the warriors held on by a thread to beat the clippers, 100-99 and force a winner-take-all game seven saturday down in l.a. let's check your weekend weather with christina. >> what great news. let's go, warriors. temperatures today are going to be comfortable.
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you don't have to be a weather warrior to head outdoors. we're only going to hit the mid- to upper 80s. it's bearable. we're down from the 90s yesterday. 85 degrees in the south bay. 76 degrees thanks to all the cloud cover rolling in from san francisco. and we're at 87 degrees today in the north bay. you can see here, live camera showing you, mostly clear for now. completely cloudy by this evening.
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from nbc news, this is "today's take", with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist, and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and welcome to "today" on a glorious friday morning here in new york city. it's may 2nd, 2014. i'm willie geist along with natalie morales and tamron hall. al is down in louisville at churchill downs getting ready for the kentucky derby. we'll check in with him in just a few moments. wonder how many mint juleps deep he is at this point. >> i counted three. >> oh, really? >> i counted glasses at least on the table. >> he's well on his way. we'll talk to al in just a second. it's been almost a year since amanda berry, gina dejesus and
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michelle knight escaped a year next week. michelle was the first to be kidnapped and was held the longest, 11 years. earlier on "today," savannah talked to michelle and they spoke about new beginnings. >> why did you decide to create a new name? >> i felt like every brand-new start needs new beginnings. my name is lillian rose lee. >> you wrote in your diary a long time ago about the butterfly. do you feel like the butterfly? >> yeah. that was able to express herself the way she wants now. and able to be free without control, and no worries. i'm that butterfly. freedom to fly. >> you heard there michelle is going to go by the new name lily, part of her process of starting her new life. she has a new book called "finding me." we'll have more of the interview
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on monday on "today." how difficult must it be to sit down and write a book, and then to talk about this experience. but her poise and courage and the way she's dealt with it. there was another moment we played earlier where she said, i kept telling the other girls, one day we'll be free. one day we'll be free. and that day came. >> she said in that interview, i'm able to be free. imagine, 2014, and this woman is free. she was kept a captive. she has the spirit to carry on. it's so inspiring. >> and as savannah was telling me, her life before she was kidnapped was pretty bad to begin with. it was about as bad as it could get, and then it became that much worse. it's an unbelievable story of survival. i think just the will and the courage to go on and move forward. she talks about new beginnings, and she is that new beginning already. you see that. she looks amazing. and she's so eloquent and so strong. >> she really is. the way she speaks about that horrific experience is
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incredible. she's got her own place now, her own apartment. she's got a new name. she's starting over. >> savannah's "dateline" interview sunday night, it's a must-see. it's going to be amazing. meanwhile, of course we've been seeing -- experiencing the record rainfall here along the east coast. and yesterday we showed you those pictures from baltimore where dylan dreyer was where that road had collapsed behind her after a massive storm system that affected nearly half the country there. downtown baltimore got five inches of rain. well, we have video now that's coming out, it shows the road giving way. there was a crowd standing around on wednesday, and they were taking pictures. they didn't realize, though, how bad the situation was and how dangerous it was. take a look. >> this is crazy. >> oh, my god. >> and you hear the fear in their voices, screaming out. but in an instant, all those
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cars gone. the cars crashing down oto the railroad tracks there below. the residents who live on that block also were forced out of their homes. had to evacuate probably for up to 40 days until they can make sure things are structurally sound. >> that's like a horror film. they're still standing there. it looks like it's moving -- i would have been like, get out of here! it's so scary. >> you've got to figure, if that part goes, what's keeping the rest of this street? >> it's moving into, toward you. and you are watching this all play out. thankfully everyone's okay. the cars, not so much. but it's horrifying. >> it's amazing nobody went over the edge with them. when do you take matters into your own hands? when is it proper to be an avenger? so this man in florida is facing a $48,000 fine from the fcc for allegedly using a cell phone jammer in his suv to keep drivers around him off the
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phone. so basically, he's rolling in his suv. he sees someone on their cell phone. he jams up their signal to make them get off the phone. the fcc says the man used it every day for two years. it wasn't detected until the local carrier noticed that something or someone was messing with the tower. anyway, he's facing a $48,000. >> very illegal here in the u.s. >> that's why he's facing the fine. the question is, though, did he do the right thing? people are talking on the phone, which is illegal, too. >> creating dangerous situations for him and for drivers all around. >> yeah, but to me, you jam up the person's signal, they're spending more time trying to figure out what's going on with their phone, refreshing it, turning it on and off. >> trying to find some wi-fi signal somewhere. >> they're still going to try to get through on that phone. >> so now he's in trouble. he's in big trouble. i don't know. so this is the next thing. i'm pretty excited about this. >> i heard you were excited about this. >> okay, okay. >> you're not going to win. but go ahead. >> okay, stop.
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rock, paper, scissors. i'm sure you guys know what it is. i, at age 43, have never played. >> you've never played rock paper scissors? >> no. sheltered life. >> you've never rowshambowed? >> what's that? that's the fancy way of saying it. >> there is a new study out of china that claims there's a way to win the game every time. they found that player behavior apparently is predictable. that there's a pattern to how you play this this is an nbc news special report. here's lester holt. >> good day. we're moments away from a joint white house press conference with president obama and german chancellor angela merkel. the two have been in talks today about the worsening situation in ukraine and looking to demonstrate unity in the face of russian-led aggression there. here they approach the podium.
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we should note this will be translated simultaneously. here's the president. >> good morning, everybody. it is always a great pleasure to welcome my friend, chancellor merkel, to the white house. germany is one of our strongest allies, and angela is one of my closest partners. with her indulgence, i want to start by making two brief comments. first, as president, my top priority is doing everything that we can to create more jobs and opportunity for hard-working families, for our economic strength is a source of strength in the world. this morning we learned that our business has created 273,000 new jobs last month. all told our businesses have now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job growth. the grit and determination of the american people are moving us forward, but we have to keep a relentless focus on job
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creation and creating more opportunities for working families. there's plenty more that congress should be doing, from raising the minimum wage to creating good construction jobs, rebuilding america. and i want to work with them wherever i can, but i keep acting on my own wherever i must to make sure every american who works hard has the chance to get ahead. second point, i also want to say on behalf of the american people that our thoughts are with the people of afghanistan who have experienced an awful tragedy. we are seeing reports of a devastating landslide on top of recent floods. many people are reported missing. rescue efforts are under way. just as the united states has stood with the people of afghanistan through a difficult decade, we stand ready to help our afghan partners as they respond to this disaster. for even as our war there comes to an end this year, our
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commitment to afghanistan and its people will endure. now, angela, i'm still grateful for the hospitality that you and the german people extended to me, michelle and our daughters last year in berlin. it was an honor to speak at the brandenburg gate. you promised me a warm welcome and delivered an unbelievable 90-degree day in berlin. this morning our work touched on a range of issues where the united states and germany are vital partners. we agreed to continue the close security cooperation, including law enforcement, cyber intelligence that keeps our citizens safe. we reaffirmed our strong commitment to completing the transatlantic trade investment partnership, which is critical to supporting jobs and boosting exports in both the united states and in europe. we discussed energy security, including the importance of europe diversifying its energy
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sources. the united states has already approved licenses for natural gas exports, which will increase global supply and benefit partners like europe. and ttip would make it easier to get licenses to export gas to europe. at our working lunch, we'll review our negotiations with iran and our shared determination to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. we'll discuss syria, where we continue to support the moderate opposition and provide humanitarian relief to the syrian people. i look forward to briefing angela on my trip to asia, a region where both our nations can help ensure that all countries in the asia pacific adhere to international law and international norms. of course most of our time was spent on the situation in ukraine. angela, i want to thank you for being such a strong partner on this issue. you have spoken out forcefully against russia's illegal actions in ukraine and you've been a leader in the european union as well as an inagainstable partner
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in the g-7. we are united in our determination to impose costs on russia for its actions, including coordinated sanctions. we're united on our unwavering article 5 commitment to the security of our nato allies, including german aircraft joining over the baltics. we're united in our support for ukraine, including the very important imf program approved this week. and as ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian-back e groups are not peaceful protesters. they are heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from russia. the ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory and russia needs to use its influence over these paramilitary groups so they disarm and stop provoking violence.
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let me say that we're also united in our outrage over the appalling treatment of the osce observers who have been detained in eastern ukraine. pro-russian militants are still holding seven observers, including four germans, as well as their ukrainian escorts. they have been paraded in front of the media and forced to make gun. it is disgraceful and it's inexcusable. russia needs to work to secure their immediate release and the international community is not going to be satisfied until colonel schneider and his fellow captives come home. finally, as both angela and i have repeatedly said, we want to see a diplomatic resolution to the situation in ukraine. but we've also been cleared that if the russian leadership does not change course, it will face increasing costs as well as growing isolation. diplomatic and economic. already the ruble has fallen to near lows.
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russian stocks have dropped sharply and russia has slipped into recession. investors are fleeing and it's estimated $100 billion in investment will exit russia this year. russian companies are finding it hard to access the capital they need and russia's credit rating has been downgraded to just above junk status. in short, russia's actions in the ukraine are making an already weak russian economy even weaker. moreover, if russia continues on its current course, we have a range of tools at our disposal, including sanctions that would target certain sectors of the russian economy, and we've been consulting closely with our european and g-7 partners and we're stepping up our planning. angela and i continued these consultations today. the russian leadership must know that if it continues to destabilize eastern ukraine and disrupt this month's presidential election, we will move quickly on additional steps, including further sanctions that will impose greater costs, but that is a choice facing the russian leadership. our preference is a diplomatic
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resolution to this issue and the ukrainian government has already shown itself more than willing to work through some of the issues that would ensure the rights of all ukrainians are respected, that you have a representative government. they have shown themselves willing to discuss amendments to their constitution that devolve power to a local level. they have gone through with their commitment to potentially provide amnesty for those who lay down arms and who are willing to abandon the buildings they have occupied. the ukrainian government in kiev has followed through on the commitments that it made in geneva. we need russians to do the same. so, angela, i want to thank you again for being here. as always, for your friendship and partnership. these are challenging times. russia's actions in ukraine pose a direct challenge to the goal that brought europe and the united states together for decades, and that is a europe that is whole, free and at
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peace. just as our predecessors stood united and pursue that vision, so will we. chancellor merkel. >> translator: well, thank you very much, barack, for this gracious hospitality and this very warm welcome that you accorded to me and i'm very glad to be able to be back in washington, to have an opportunity to address all of these different issues with you. i think priority really is on the current issue of ukraine and that agenda showed how important the transatlantic partnership is also in today's times. i think it's a very good thing that all of the steps that we've taken, so far we've taken together, and today in our talk we again underlined that we fully intend to go ahead as we did in the past. what happened on ukraine, what happened on the crimean peninsula. well, the post-war order has
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been put into question that rests on the acceptance of territorial integrity by all. and this is why it was so important for us to act in accord. and what is at stake here is that people in ukraine can act on the basis of self determination and can determine themselves which road they wish to embark on into the future. the 25th of may is a very crucial date and we will see to it that elections can take place. the osce will play a central role in all of this. we talked about this and together with the osce we shall do everything we can in order to bring russia to do the necessary steps. so the 25th of may bringing about progress and stabilizing ukraine. the 25th of may is not all that far away. should that not be possible to
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stabilize the situation, further sanctions will be unavoidable. this is something that we don't want. we have made a diplomatic offer and hope for a diplomatic solution so it's very much up to the russians which road we will embark on, but we have firmly resolved to continue to travel down that road. now, secondly, we addressed issues that have a bearing on the work of the intelligence services here. let me underline yet again for the german side, we have always enjoyed a very close cooperation with our american partner and anyone in political responsibility is more than aware looking at the challenges of the modern world today that obviously inciting terrorism, the work of the intelligence services is not only important, it is indeed indispensable. i'm firmly convinced that our cooperation in this area is a very helpful one, yet there are differences of opinion on what sort of balance to strike
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between the intensity of surveillance, of trying to protect the citizens against threats and on the other hand protecting individual privacy and individual freedom. and that will require further discussion between our two countries in order to overcome these differences of opinion. we have these discussions, incidentally, on the european front. we are talking about safe harbor agreement, for example, about a privacy protection agreement and i take back the message home that the u.s. is ready to do that, is ready to discuss this, although we may have differences of opinion on certain issues. thirdly, ttip, i think particularly in the overall context of further intensifying our trade relations of global growth but also in the context of diversification of our energy supply, this is a very important
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issue. it will be very important for us to bring the negotiations very quickly to a close on ttip. we are convinced for the european union, for germany and for the united states this offers a lot of opportunities for the future and it's so important for us to bring this agreement to a successful conclusion. there are a number of discussions, i know a number of skeptical remarks. people have doubts, but these doubts, this skepticism can be overcome and it needs to be overcome. just look at the many partners all over the world that have bilateral trade agreements. i mean it's simply necessary. looking at the intensity of the transatlantic partnership and the closeness of the partner shap it's necessary to have this trade agreement and we are at one on this one so we had very intensive talks and we are going to build on this over lunch. thank you very much, barack, for giving me this opportunity and
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also thank you for your gracious hospitali hospitality. >> i think we're going to take two questions from the u.s. press and two questions from the german press. we'll start with leslie clark. >> thank you, mr. president. with violence today in ukraine, you've said today germany and the united states are united in efforts to deescalate. have you been able to reach any common ground on sanctions, particularly the russian energy sector? what's next, if you're unable to. and to chancellor merkel, reports in the u.s. press have suggested that you've said that you believed president putin may not be in touch with reality. is that what you've said? is that what you believe? and could you give us -- you talked to him earlier this week. could you give us a little more insight into what he might be thinking and do you believe that he's a threat to europe? >> you know, obviously every day we're watching the events in eastern ukraine and southern ukraine with deep concern.
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and i think that what you've seen over the course of the last several months in the midst of this crisis is remarkable unity between the united states and the european union, and the response. we have at the same time offered a diplomatic approach that could resolve this issue. we have been unified in supporting the ukrainian government in kiev, both economically, diplomatically and politically, and we have said that we would apply costs and consequences to the russians if they continued wit their actions. and that's exactly what we've done. and you saw just over the course of the last week additional sanctions applied both by the europeans and the u.s. the next step is going to be a broader base sectoral sanctions
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regime. what we have said is, is that we want to continue to keep open the possibility of resolving the issue diplomatically, but as angela merkel said, if in fact we see the disruptions and the destabilization continuing so severely that it impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional, more severe sanctions. and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last several weeks about what exactly those would look like and would apply to a range of sectors. the goal is not to punish russia, the goal is to give them an incentive to choose the better course and that is to resolve these issues diplomatically. and i think we are united on
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that front. within europe, within the e.u., i'm sure there has to be extensive consultations. you've got 28 countries, and some are more vulnerable than others to potential russian retaliation. and we have to take those into account. not every country is going to be in exactly the same place. but what has been remarkable is the degree to which all countries agree that russia has violated international law, violated territorial integrity and sovereignty of a country in europe and i think there's unanimity that there has to be consequences for that. how we structure these sectoral sanctions the experts have been working on and we anticipate that if we have to use them, we can. our preference would be not to have to use them. and i thank chancellor merkel's leadership on this front. she has been extraordinarily helpful not only in facilitating
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european unity but she's also been very important in helping to shape a possible diplomatic resolution and reaching out to the russians to encourage them to take that door while it's still open. keep in mind when it comes to sectoral sanctions, we're looking at a whole range of issues. energy flows from russia to europe. those continue even in the midst of the cold war, at the height of the cold war. so the idea that you're going to turn off the tap on all russian oil or natural gas exports, i think, is unrealistic. but there are a range of, you know, approaches that can be taken not only in the energy
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sector but in the arms sector, the finance sector, in terms of lines of credit for trade. all that have a significant impact on russia. i don't think it's appropriate for us to delve into the details at this stage because our hope is, is that we don't have to deploy them. but what i can say is that our experts at the highest level, and not just bilaterally but multilaterally through the european commission and our diplomatic teams have been working through all the possibilities and we're confident that we will have a package that will further impact russia's growth and economy. but again, our hope is, is that we shouldn't have to use them. we're not interested in punishing the russian people. we do think mr. putin and his leadership circle are taking bad decisions and unnecessary decisions and he needs to be
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dissuaded from his current course. >> translator: it is, i think, obvious to all that there are very different assessments on what happens in ukraine. on the one hand that you have the united states and europe. we've always taken our decisions together. and on the other hand the russian appraisal of the situation. i hope that russia will live up better in the future to its responsibilities, but we need to see deeds matching their words. we don't have any release of the hostages of the osce, among them four german hostages. this is a very crucial step that needs to happen first. we have not yet seen any implementation of the geneva agreement by the russian side. the ukrainian side has taken some steps in the right direction and the osce too is an
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organization to which we wish to have a greater role so they can prepare and pave the way for elections. and one word on sanctions. i agree with the american president, they are not an end in itself but combined with the offer that we want diplomatic solutions, it is a very necessary second component to show that we're serious about our principles and there is a broad base, a broad range of possibilities that are being prepared for in the european union. in europe we have taken a position that should further destabilization happen, we will move to a third stage of sanctions. i would like to underline this is not necessarily what we want, but we are ready and prepared to go such a step. my main aim would be first and foremost to improve stabilization and to see to it that the elections can happen there. we will work on this in the next few days, but we are also prepared to take further steps.
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what we're talking about here will be sectoral measures in the context of certain branches of industry. the american president and i can only agree to this and said what is necessary as regards the dependency on gas, which is very strong in europe, but we can also look ahead in the medium term what we can do in order to promote an energy union in the european union, which we're doing. looking at our dependencies in the next 10 to 15 years on russian gas supplies, there are six countries right now in the e.u. that depend 100% on gas supplies. we need to improve our grid, pipelines. all of the countries need to share supplies and those are measures that we're currently discussing in europe. we're talking about short term but also medium term and long-term measures and the free trade agreement is also gaining more prominence in this respect.
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mad am chancellor, you said that time is of the essence and that it's getting shorter leading up to the 25th. when would be the time that you would say a third phase -- moving to a third phase of sanctions is what you would promote and is more energy intensive initiative by the e.u. necessary, for example, on the government level. and, mr. president, can you understand that also the fact that mr. putin needs to play a role in the solution, which is the position of the european union, that also his arguments have to be weighed and after the chancellor having made those several phone calls with mr. putin, do you think the chancellor also stands a chance to sort of work on this? well, as to the question what about the next few days to come, i think the meeting of foreign ministers of the e.u. on the 12th of may is going to play a
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very important role in this respect. one can sound out what possibilities there are in various directions. we from the german side, as we have agreed with our american friends, will do everything we can in order to bring the osce into a situation supported politically that is to do what is necessary in order to bring matters forward in ukraine. on the one hand you have osce monitors for the election but also question as regards change of the constitution, reform toward further all of the different parts of the country obviously have to be at the same level as regards information on this and the osce wants to do that. we want to give them the necessary political backing. when a certain point in time is there, it is difficult to predict. i can only say for me the elections on the 25th of may are crucial. should there be further attempts at destabilization, and this will be getting more and more
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difficult, but for now i am working for elections to take place on that very date and the heads of state and government are ready at any time should that prove necessary to meet. we've approved that in the past in other areas, for example, the euro crisis and we will demonstrate this resolve yet again. i am firmly convinced that the united states of america and the european union need to act in concert here and they have done so in the past and they're going to continue to do so. >> i've said from the start that russia has legitimate interests in terms of what happens next door in ukraine. obviously there's a deep and complicated history between russia and ukraine. and so, of course mr. putin's views should be taken into account. what can't be taken into account is mr. putin's suggestion, both
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through words and actions, that he has the right to violate the sovereignty of another country, to violate its territorial integrity, to dictate the economic policies or foreign policy of a sovereign country. that's not acceptable. our view from the start has been that the ukrainians should be able to make their own decisions. and i'm very confident that if ukrainians are allowed to make their own decisions, then they will choose to have a good relationship with russia as well as a good relationship with europe. that they'll want to trade with russia and they'll want to trade with europe. but what they cannot accept, understandably, is the notion that they are simply an appendage, an extension of russia, and that the kremlin has
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veto power over decisions made by a duly elected government in kiev. so if in fact mr. putin's goal is to allow ukrainians to make their own decisions, then he is free to offer up his opinions about what he would like the relationship to be between ukraine and russia, and i suspect that there will be a whole lot of ukrainian leaders who will take those views into consideration. but it can't be done at the barrel of a gun. it can't be done by sending masked gunmen to occupy buildings or to intimidate journalists. and one of the biggest concerns that we've seen is the russian propaganda that has been blasted out nonstop suggesting somehow that the ukrainian government is responsible for the problems in
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eastern ukraine. the ukrainian government has shown remarkable restraint throughout this process. the notion that this is some spontaneous uprising in eastern ukraine is belied by all the evidence of well organized, trained, armed militias with the capacity to shoot down helicopters. generally local protesters don't possess that capacity of surface-to-air missiles or whatever weapons were used to shoot down helicopters, tragically. we've seen the attempts of osce monitors who were approved not just by europe or the united states, but also by russia being detained. and somehow russia is suggesting that kiev is responsible for that? we've heard mr. putin say, well, kiev has to do a better job of
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reaching out to eastern europe -- or eastern ukraine. you've seen attempts by kiev in a very serious way to propose decentralization of power, and to provide for local elections, and for them to offer amnesty to those who have already taken over those buildings. none of that has been acknowledged by mr. putin or various russian mouthpieces that are out there. you've also seen suggestions or implications that somehow americans are responsible for meddling inside ukraine. i have to say that our only interest is for ukraine to be able to make its own decisions. the last thing we want is disorder and chaos in the center of europe.
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so, you know, for the german audience who perhaps is tuning in to russian tv, i would just advise to stay focused on the facts and what's happened on the ground. a few weeks ago, mr. putin was still denying that the russian military was even involved in crimea. then a few weeks later he acknowledged, yeah, i guess that was our guys. and so there just has not been the kind of honesty and credibility about the situation there and a willingness to engage seriously in resolving these diplomatic issues. and our hope is, is that in fact mr. putin recognizes there's a way for him to have good relations with ukraine, good relations with europe, good relations with the united states. but it cannot be done through the kinds of intimidation and coercion that we're seeing take
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place right now in eastern europe. >> thank you, mr. president. an area this week in oklahoma inmates have died in an inhumane manner, because of a botched execution. they have put the united states in the same as china, and arabia which is comes to executions. some other countries have expressed their concerns as well. what are your thoughts on this, and does this raise moral questions about u.s. justice. and to chancellor merkel, after edward snowden's revelations of u.s. surveillance of your own cell phone you said that friends shouldn't spy on friends. are you satisfied that the steps taken by the u.s. on surveillance are now consistent with a healthy alliance?
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has the personal trust been rebuilt? i was wondering if you could elaborate on this no spy agreement that apparently couldn't be reached. thank you. >> what happened in oklahoma is deeply troubling. the individual who was the subject of the death penalty had committed heinous crimes, terrible crimes. and i've said in the past that there are certain circumstances in which a crime is so terrible that the application of the death penalty may be appropriate. mass killings, the killings of childr children. but i've also said that in the application of the death penalty in this country, we have seen
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significant problems. racial bias, uneven application of the death penalty. situations in which there were individuals on death row who later on were discovered to have been innocent because of exculpatory evidence. and all of these i think do raise significant questions about how the death penalty is being applied. this situation in oklahoma i think just highlights some of the significant problems there. so i'll be discussing with eric holder and others, you know, to get me an analysis of what steps have been taken. not just in this particular instance but more broadly in this area. i think we do have to as a society ask ourselves some difficult and profound questions
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around these issues. if you don't mind, i'm going to also go ahead and maybe say something about nsa, just because i know it's of great interest in the german press as well. germany is one of our closest allies and our closest friends, and that's true across the spectrum of issues, security, intelligence, economic, diplomatic, and angela merkel is one of my closest friends on the world stage and somebody whose partnership i deeply value. and so it has pained me to see the degree to which the snowden disclosures have created strains in the relationship. but more broadly, i've also been convinced for a very long time that it is important for our legal structures and our policy
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structures to catch up with rapidly advancing technologies. and as a consequence through a series of, you know, steps, what we try to do is reform what we do and have taken these issues very seriously. domestically we tried to provide additional assurances to the american people that their privacy is protected. but what i've also done is taken the unprecedented step of ordering our intelligence communities to take the privacy interests of non-u.s. persons into account in everything that they do. something that's not been done before and most other countries in the world do not do. what i've said is that the privacy interests of non-u.s. citizens are deeply relevant and have to be taken into account
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and we have to have policies and procedures to protect them, not just u.s. persons. and we are in the process of implementing a whole series of those steps. we have shared with the germans the things that we are doing. i will repeat what i've said before, that ordinary germans are not subject to continual surveillance, are not subject to a whole range of bulk data gathering. i know that the perceptions i think among the public sometimes are that the united states has capacities similar to what you see on movies and in television. the truth of the matter is, is that our focus is principally and primarily on how do we make sure that terrorists, those who want to proliferate weapons,
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transnational criminals, are not able to engage in the activities that they're engaging in. with that, we can only be successful if we're partnering with friends like germany. we won't succeed if we're doing that on our own. so what i've pledged to chancellor merkel has been in addition to the reforms that we've already taken, in addition to saying that we are going to apply privacy standards to how we deal with non-u.s. persons as well as u.s. persons, in addition to the work that we're doing to constrain the potential use of bulk data, we are committed to a u.s.-german cyber dialogue to close further the gaps that may exist in terms of how we operate, how german intelligence operates to make sure that there's transparency and clarity about what we're doing and what our goals and our intentions are. these are complicated issues
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and, you know, we're not perfectly aligned yet, but we share the same values and we share the same concerns. you know, this is something that is deeply important to me and i'm absolutely committed that by the time i leave this office, we're going to have a stronger legal footing and international framework for how we are doing -- how we're doing business in the intelligence sphere. i will say, though, that i don't think that there is an inevitable contradiction between our security and safety and our privacy. the one thing that i've tried to share with chancellor amerimerk that the united states historically has been concerned about privacy. it's embedded in our constitution and as the world's oldest constitutional democracy, i think we know a little about
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trying to protect people's privacy. we have a technology that is moving rapidly and we have a very challenging world that we have to deal with and we've got to adjust our legal framework but she should not doubt and the german people should not doubt how seriously we take these issues and i believe we'll be ail to get them resolved to the satisfaction of not just our two countries, but to people around the world. >> translator: out of the president's additions, we have differences of opinion to overcome differences in the medium term and in the long term one possibility is to enter into such a dialogue because that gives us a forum to have longer discussions about where we stand, what the technical possibility is but the ramifications of our technological advances.
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secondly, there are two strands of negotiations with the european union. on the one hand the safe harbor agreement and then the data protection and privacy protection accord. in the course of the negotiations, it will come out very clearly what differences of opinion there are, what different perspectives there are, and i think its of prime importance for us to bring those negotiations forward. the process will also bring it to a successful conclusion. something else comes into play, i heard this this morning when i had a breakfast meeting with people who are very closely in contact with the parliament, they suggested to me that our parliaments too ought to have closer contact on this and that's very important, not only for the governments to talk about these things but also for the broader public. these could be possibilities as to how to address this and also understand each other's motivations and arguments better. >> mr. president, could you explain from your point of view
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why it was not possible to agree on a no-fly agreement which was as we understood proposed by the u.s. government last summer and what kind of assurances could you give chancellor merkel with regard not only to ordinary german citizens but to government members, some of them sitting here, that they are not under u.s. surveillance anymore. >> translator: when the french president was here a few weeks ago after his talk with president obama, he said that trust as regards the nsa discussion has been rebuilt. can you say the same thing? >> it's not quite accurate to say that the u.s. government offered a no-spy agreement and then withdrew it. i think what is accurate to say is that we do not have a blanket no-spy agreement with any
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country, with any of our closest partners. what we do have are a series of partnerships and procedures and processes that are built up between the various intelligence agencies, and what we are doing with the germans, as we're doing with the french, as we do with the british or the canadians or anybody is to work through what exactly the rules are governing the relationship between each country and make sure that there are no misunderstandings. and i think that we have gone a long way in closing some of the gaps. but as chancellor merkel said, there's still some gaps that need to be worked through. but, you know, i think what we can be confident about is that the basic approach that we take with germany is similar to the approach that we take with all
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our allies and all our friends. and that during the course of the last several years, as technology advanced, i think there was a danger in which traditional expectations tipped over because of new technologies and what we've tried to do is make sure our policies now reflect increased capabilities and as a consequence, increased dangers of intrusion and privacy. but let me put it this way, our interest in working effectively with the germans and to making sure that german governments as well as the german people feel confident about what we do is as important to us as any other country. germany is at the top of our list in terms of friends and allies and colleagues. and so we're not holding back from doing something with
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germany that we somehow do with somebody else. >> translator: i think the whole debate has shown that the situation is such that we have a few difficulties yet to overcome, so this is why there's going to be this cyber dialogue between our two countries and this is also why there needs to be and will have to be more than just business as usual. i mean looking at the discussion not only in the german parliament but also among members of the german government and also in the german public, we need to do that. but it's very good that we have taken these first steps and what's still dividing us, issues, for example, of proportionali at which time proportionality will be addressed and it's going to be on the agenda for the next few weeks to come. >> thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama wrapping up a joint news conference with german chancellor angela merkel.
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the last several questions there dealing with issues of privacy and spying, a sensitive topic between these two countries after the revelation last year that the nsa had been listening in on chancellor merkel's phone conversations. but the biggest topic of their lunch meeting that will follow here is certainly ukraine and russia's efforts to destabilize the ukrainian government. let me bring in david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." david, this was meant to show unity here on confronting russia over this, but as they pointed out, there are a lot of other countries in the e.u., many of whom are putting themselves at risk if there are further sanctions. is she the one who can deliver for president obama on this? >> she's a key voice. right now germany is not totally there. i thought it was significant when angela merkel, the chancellor said that she could get to that third place, that third level which would mean targeting sectors, but more work has to be done. that's critical here. president putin understands there are some breaks in that
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western armor here, including between germany and the u.s. she's coming with a brief from businesses in germany that still want to do business in russia, so that's very tough for president obama. and this spying issue, you know, it's very tough to talk about spying on an ally. the president saying that traditional expectations were tipped over because of technology. in other words, we got better at spying and we used it even against our friends. that's going to be, i'm sure, a pretty delicate conversation as they move forward. >> fair to say those were a couple of awkward moments during that news conference. let me bring in chuck todd, white house correspondent and political director. chuck, when we talk about sanctions, they have not worked up to this point. the president noted that he doesn't want sanctions to be punitive toward russia but to encourage them. does the u.s. even risk crossing a line where it becomes -- it works against us? >> well, look, the president to me just a few days ago when we were traveling in asia when i asked him about why isn't the u.s. going to do this on our own, he said it's not a good
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idea to do on your own. he hadn't totally ruled it out but his preference was to do sectoral sanctions with the europeans. the important development is we have a new date and a new bar that the president and chancellor merkel set, which is russian -- russia disrupting the may 25th election. if there somehow thought of as disruptive of that, it sounds to me like then they would consider sectoral being the next step. it sounds like the president wanted to say the next round of sanctions will be sectoral in some form of another, maybe we'll pick one sector but there will be a sectoral sanction as the next step. he sort of hinted at it and chancellor merkel was a little fuzzier on that. by the way, very quickly, she did not say trust has been rebuilt. she was asked to say that post-nsa and she wouldn't. that was something. >> chuck todd, thanks very much. we all should note the president did note the drop in the unemployment rate from 6.7 to 6.3% as the u.s. economy added
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over 270,000 jobs in april. we'll have more on that on nbc nightly news. for now i'm lester holt, nbc news, new york.
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we're tearing into this birthday cake. >> so good. >> on monday, kathie lee and hoda live from "the voice" in l.a. if you want a chance to be in the aud yienceaudience, go to t. >> they saw how much fun we
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well, good morning, everyone. 9:56. i'm scott mcgrew. the family of a bay area woman who died while on a zip line in hawaii awaiting for answers this morning about what caused that accident. officials say 20-year-old trish robalizo was originally from
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santa rosa. she lived in hawaii and worked as a guide on a zip lining company. was on one of the towers yesterday morning on maui when she fell 150 feet into a deep ravine. by the time rescuers reached her, it was too late. not clear what happened, whether she was on the line, whether it snapped or her harness became undone. the company that she worked for says it is cooperating with the police investigation. let's check your weather this morning with christina. >> not as hot, scott. not as hot, scott. temperatures right now are already in the 70s. we've got a couple of mid-60s out there. temperatures later on, though, will jump into the mid-80s. so it will be a little bit on the toasty side, but nothing like yesterday. we are out of the 90s. and especially away from those triple digits we had earlier on this week. this is what you can expect. a ten-degree drop-off for today. temperatures tumble as we get into this weekend. we also have a slight chance for rain, sonoma county coastline, fair game for that sunday night. and as we kick off next week, when we meet back here, we're talking about a return of that
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may gray and cooler than average temperatures. stick with us and we will keep you updated. he's always updating us on those roads. here's mike. >> got an update, hold on for a second. we have an update from b.a.r.t. there's a 10 to 20-minute delay system wide due to an earlier equipment problem on one of the trains. that's out of the west oakland station. that will affect the entire system, because that is a hub. again, 10 to 20-minute delays reported right now from b.a.r.t., but they're recovering. now to the bay bridge. we're look at a mild backup off to the left side, as you approach. the right side is clear as well as the fast track lanes. an easy drive for the rest of your bay. the maze, no problem. a little slow from oakland, northbound 880. folks getting on the move, getting around the bay, and possibly getting a start on their weekend. scott, the bay much lighter. >> more news in a half an hour. and then cover the papi.
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your words have the power to shape their world. learn more at first5california.com/parents from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hello, everybody. it's try day friday. it is may 2nd. we're so happy you're with us today. we're going to do something we haven't done before. a whole show on before and after. >> yeah. i like this. we're trying to address all kinds of elements in your life, how they were before and after. how you were when you were date ing your now husband and how your life has changed since you said i do. >> depending how many years it has been. >> we have two great experts that will talk to us about that. >> and how to dress ten pounds thinner. that's always terrific.
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everybody needs to know how to do that. i say stay home. how to make over the rooms in your home. how to make over your living room and kitchen -- >> we're going to teach people something open our program. and bobbie will show you the best way to get the best fake tan because a lot of people don't like to be out in the sun and we actually -- >> you don't understand people like that, do you? >> i don't get them and i don't like them. i think because we haven't had much fun, it is very, very appropriate. >> okeydoke. so much more. this is interesting. i guess it is good news, bad news, depending who you are. time.com is reporting -- this is not a surprise to me. men in my house, seems like maybe it is the same here, men find women more attractive with less makeup on. >> yeah, they don't like all the shellacking, all of the -- this is actually -- this was scientific. came from bangor university an aberdeen university. >> how do they get together? >> i don't know. but they photographed women with lots of makeup, and some with
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little, and they asked them what they liked. and the guys liked less. you know what, i sort of get that, don't you? there is just such help kri avy everything is half heavy and everything starts to smear. have you gone in the bathroom late at night, you think you look hot, you look at yourself and you can't believe it? i get the black raccoon and nobody bothered to tell you. >> well, somebody here, we have tested all these different -- >> we have a lot of guys here. >> everybody has an opinion on this. roper, what is your opinion about this? >> sometimes the man is waiting so long for the woman to get ready, because she's putting on all that makeup, you're so mad when you get in the car, you don't look at her anyway. >> has that ever happened to you? >> never happened to me. >> how many of our guys agree with that?
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>> less? >> i get ready faster than frank does. we can't blame it on that. >> but i do think -- i think the look is a little bit ghoulish. >> the question is, are we putting on all that makeup for other women? >> probably. probably. >> oh. >> probably. that's -- but, by the way, mainly because when you go to a party and you dress well or look really hot and your husband doesn't notice or doesn't say anything, you know you can go to a party and your girlfriends -- your girlfriends will go, i love that dress, and you feel like, well, at least somebody is noticing. if he's not going to notice -- >> sad. kind of sad if your confidence is all about that. but we have a solution for it. >> this is crazy. you heard about all the kinds of plastic surgeries out there, nose job, chemical peel, anything. now they're doing something different, they're doing something where they're putting in dimples. >> dimple blasty. >> it is on the rise. >> people are getting dimples
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put into their faces. >> mostly requested by people who have round faces that want to make it more angular. >> kate middleton has the dimples. everyone wants what she has. and jennifer garner is another one who has the dimples. >> they got them naturally. and it looks adorable. it starts at 1200 bucks, i don't know if that's for two or just one. >> outpatient. >> you want it symmetrical, don't you? >> they make an incision inside the cheek. >> ouch. >> so there is no scar. just a couple of stitches. and here's the weird thing, apparently, as your skin sags over, you know, life goes on, your dimples will droop with it, and you'll -- and it is not reversible. so that's it. >> what happens if the little stitch pops? all of a sudden you're sitting at dinner and there goes your dimple? or a tooth falls out? every time you go to london, one of frank's teeth falls out. i don't know what it is. but it falls out. we don't go to london anymore
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and he's fine. i don't know what happens. >> oh, my god. one time i had to do this "dateline" interview and i went to this town and there was this guy -- the guy was missing his front tooth and we didn't know. and the guy was goingi into be "dateline" for a whole hour. and you just saw what was going on in his mouth. but he had trained himself so long, he talked with his lower lip. that was his normal conversation. i was going to get a chiclet and stick it right in there, fix it all up. >> i never know what to say to somebody. a friend of mine is working with me on a project, and i don't want to say too much about it, but showed up at the house, and completely missing one of his middle teeth in the front. you don't know what to say. it turns out, it is not -- he was waiting on a new tooth, i shouldn't laugh. i love this guy. he's fantastic. you know him, hoda. >> who is it? >> he's a big cyclist and had an
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accident and -- >> his tooth fell out. >> yeah. but it takes time to get a tooth made like that. >> a temporary. >> i'll see him again today and i hope his tooth -- >> there is a new craze. >> he has a temporary, but they hurt. they start to ache all day long. >> i know. here's the thing. just pulled it out? >> why are you laughing at his pain? >> you heard the selfie. now there is something called the shelfie. it is a social media trend. wall street journal talks -- it is a photo of one's possessions arrayed on a surface. >> people are starting to think we can't get more self-absorbed. >> our producers, they said they were going to come and surprise us in our dressing room and take a shelfie. okay. >> like some people do with their book cases and -- >> yes. so this is kathie lee is probably first, i'm sure it is nice and perfect. >> oh, shut up. >> whatever. okay. i like it.
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yours is really good. >> messy for me. usually i like to have my shoes going in the right direction. >> all right. she's got everything just so. >> or one one way and the next -- to make more room. you can make more room that way. must have been a very busy day. >> very busy. britney took a picture of my shelfie. you can see it. anyway -- >> i don't know. one more thing about look at me, look at me. you know what it is time for? >> what? i can't wait. what? >> friday funny. yeah. >> okay. we're ready. >> wow. >> i didn't think i would ever miss that. i missed it. two guys are hiking in the forest. they come across a big grizzly bear. one of the guys immediately stops, takes off his hiking boots and pulls out his running shoes out of his backpack. he starts to put them on. his friend looks at him in a panic and said, dude, are you crazy, why are you doing that?
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the guy ignores his friend and ties the laces on his running shoes. there is no use. you're wasting your time. do you know how fast those grizzlies are. you're never going to be able to outrun it the friend finishes up the final lace and replies, yes, i know, but i only have to outrun you. >> good one. >> that's a friend. >> good one. all right, it is time for our johnson's baby announcements when we celebrate new moms and their adorable new additions to their families. our first johnson's baby of the week is king jorge guzman. he was born on march 31st in ft. lauderdale. >> he's adorable. >> his parents say get some sleep because when the beautiful bundle comes, only they will get the sleep. >> yep, yep, yep. you hear it but don't believe it until it really happens. our next baby born in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, on march 7th is laina lynn oleson. her parents offer this advice. enjoy every moment while they're little. >> our final johnson baby of the week arbor noah sklar born in
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new york city on march 12th. this baby is the first baby for parents lindsey and adam. lindsey says arbor looks just like daddy. we congratulate all of our babies. >> next week a special mommy and me themed johnson's baby announcement. all the details are on klgandhoda.com. just press connect. >> we have some good news. usher has a new single coming out called "good kisser" and he has a message for us about it. let's take a look. >> kathie lee and hoda, how you guys doing. this is a sneak peek of my new video "good kisser". the shirtless shot, i was thinking of you. drink to that. >> we're going to show you "good kisser i kisser" later on in the show. >> the new album is set to,out this fall. >> love him. we're going to get the skinny on how you can dress up to ten pounds lighter.
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you remember your wedding day and do you still feel the way about yourself that you did that day? >> a wedding videographer went back to revisit couples he shot on their wedding day to see how they were doing years after they said i do. >> and it is all captured in the hbo documentary "112 weddings"
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premiering this june. it is fascinating. take a look. >> as we join together from this day forward may our home be filled with love and laughter, patience and purpose. >> what did you think marriage was going to be? >> we have two children now. we're, like, i tell you, i'm delighted. i'm delighted the way it turned out. >> by the way, what a good concept. what a brilliant concept. how do you make the feelings last that long after? m. gary newman is a psychotherapist and creator of "the neuman method" creating your best marriage. and siggy flicker is a relationship contributor. >> we have a prince charming syndrome in our culture that we start with our little girls from day one, start reading the fairy tales and they lived happily
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ever after. >> things change, clearly. >> we're not doing them a service by letting them believe that's true. >> not at all. one of the first reasons things change is scientific. research shows that newness, that infatuation, that newness that we love, it lasts about two years. by the time you get married, you've kind of already known each other for two years so that starts to go away. >> you're pushing it. it is six months to a year. what happens is, it is like a relationship in the beginning is exciting. it is new. it is, like, wow. >> that's the worst. everything is new about it. >> you get bored. after a year, you need to understand you're not bored, you're just comfortable. everything that is good, comfortable shoes, you like comfortable shoes? >> i certainly do. >> comfort is good. think of a relationship like a car. you don't put gas in a car, what happens? >> you also want a new pair of shoes once in a while too. >> once in a while. >> slippers, but dag gone it --
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>> what do we do? we can't go out and get a new husband or a new wife. some people do. >> take the experiences, you have to excrecreate new stories you as a couple. it is the new intimacy. you can't get to the 50, 60 year mark doing the same thing. you need anticipation. remember before you get married, you are anticipatg the first date, the phone call, the wedding. we now know that anticipation makes you happier than the event you're anticipating. you like fridays more than the weekend. get back to anticipating. call your spouse about what's coming up. get into it. >> and get rid of your unrealistic expectations. get wh guess what, it is not to be with your spouse every day. i'm not with my spouse after day. i take two days for me. my husband misses me. where are you? when are you coming home? >> he doesn't think you're having affair, he trusts you. >> he misses me. he knows where i am.
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i'm at an event, i'm at a function, i'm having dinner with my best friend. >> what if one wants new experiences and one wants to do the same old thing? >> we're not supposed to recognize ourself years from now. the reason we get mared a marri all the people that say, i let her go, i don't mind, big mistake. we get married because we're trying to learn about the world from somebody else. go with that spouse, do new things. >> if you don't, you're going to -- if you don't, you'll end up in divorce court. it takes two to tango. if one person wants to sit on the couch while the other person says, let's go to the park, that person will have to get up off the couch or you'll end up in divorce court, very simple. >> go to the park. >> exactly. >> wow. >> we like you two. >> yeah. >> nice. >> to find a questionnaire about how your relationship is going, be very afraid, go to klgandhoda.com. >> we got more before and afters including easy updates you can
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before to foolproof faux glow. >> you're afraid, but i want you to trust me. there are so many people at home that feel the same way. >> i have not -- i rarely have seen a fake tan i thought looked great. >> okay. >> here's what you need to do. first, you have to prep. shave and make sure you pick up some exfoliating gloves. it will get rid of dead skin. the important reason is because dry areas will absorb more of the product and look dark. >> scrub yourself all the way. >> exactly. use vaseline around your cutics around your toes and add lotion to your hands and feet, that will help with a semiblock. >> this is all before you start. >> yes. vaseline is going to fully block the product and a lotion will give it a little bit of a block. it will blend through. >> on your elbows, where it gets all crinkly -- everybody's elbows are. >> when it comes to products, these are my picks, they're
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online. let me make a big point. if the product is clear, it is dha. that's what turns your skin into a color. but a lot of other products put color in it, which is a dye. and that sits on your skin -- >> the orangey thing. >> it dyes the top dead skin cell areas and gives you a boost. you have to understand that. if you want a product to do both, and look immediately dark, you want the combo. if you want a gradual gold overnight, want the clear. okay? it is not that hard. so if you're going to use st. tropez, a cult favorite, full strength, really dark tan, they give you this great -- you buy the mitt and this helps you to smooth it on so you don't get -- >> a special product on it and then put it on -- >> and not on your skin. >> okay. >> how do you get to the places where you can't reach? >> you either have a friend or do like yoga and figure it out. this is actually helpful to get further on your back because the mitt -- >> okay.
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the mitt -- >> you know what i'm saying. >> so then they also offer the washoff, no dha. this will come off. i have that on my skin. if you wipe it off, it will wash off that night. >> okay. >> so then you also want to invest in products that if you don't want to do the mitt, wipes. dr. denese, denis gross, these will wipe on and blend on. and juergens natural glow. >> now we get brit. >> listen. there is a lot of products like this natural glow on the market. but what you really want to know is get the three days to glow. this is, like, a 50% strength. not like a full blast and it is not a light blast. >> look. a white one and a brown one. >> you want to think of this glow product like half lotion and half dha and then find other tips about after you put it on. >> on the website. >> take a look, coming up next. >> we're going to show you how
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we're told their injuries are not life threatening. well, on a lighter note, thousands of warriors fans may be headed to work a little late this morning, after a long night of celebrating. the warriors hung on by a thread to beat the clippers, 100-99. and it forces a winner-take-all game seven on saturday down in l.a. we'll there can at weather and traffic coming up after the break.
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welcome back, now. the 10-degree drop-off from yesterday's highs, as that cool,
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coastal air begins to move offshore. 76 degrees in san francisco for today. we'll hit about 83 degrees along the peninsula. talk about 85 in the south bay, down from the mid-90s wed yesterday. north bay's at 87. same from the tri-valley. and you'll be somewhere in between in the east bay, about 78 degrees for oakland today. now, we do have some changes coming our way. 8 to 10 degrees cooler today. temperatures tumble even more so by tomorrow. and then maybe some showers by sunday. we'll talk all about that today at 11:00. first, here's mike and your drive. >> we're looking over to the san jose area, where a very light volume of traffic is here in this shot. but look at 101 farther north. we'll zoom in. the entire bay getting a really light volume of traffic right now, except for this stretch from san jose international airport up into sunnyvale. the earlier crash, which has now cleared, makes things a little bit easier as far as the new breakup there. southbound coming down toward highway 92, an earlier crash in san mateo adds to that slowing. the rest of your bay, look at the bay bridge toll plaza, light right now, but midday brings more crowds getting into the
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city for the afternoon. >> all right, mike. more local news coming up at 11:00. see you then. we're back with a special before and after edition of "today." do you want to look slimmer without hitting the gym? who doesn't? >> here to dress you up with the right shape wear, clothing and shoes to make you look ten pounds thinner is style expert rebecca george. >> really, rebecca? >> i promise you. >> you do? >> all right. the first layer is always shape wear. you have to have the right type. >> it is so important, but so many women have trouble with it because it is uncomfortable or doesn't do its job. we have two new finds that are cool and innovative. the first is hooked up. hooked up shape wear, totally new in the market. you know had you want to cover the tummy, but the shape wear tends to roll down and you show off your muffin top? not the case here. it has these little hooks. all around. and they will hook to your bra.
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whichever bra you love and you slr in your wardrobe, you can add this to it. >> the back. >> we have photos. >> we have before and afters the company sent to us. it stays up there. it tames the tummy and keeps it smooth, nice smooth silhouette. okay. now we have got to talk about taming this area that we all love, the hips, the love handles. some products can be a little heavy and feel too tight. this is from maiden form. it is their weightless collection. i'm going to give these to you. kathie lee, these for you. feel them. they really feel like a pair of nylons and -- >> they're light. >> they'll cool you. cool you down. so in the summer we're getting into the warmer weather, you're not going to feel overheated by your shape wear. and they're light as nylons but still suck you in. >> and affordable? >> only $25. >> you say monochromatic is the right way to go. >> it is the key if you want to dress slimmer. i'll show you how we'll bring
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out enula. >> let's see. come on out. >> okay. so enula is dressed really beautifully -- that's her before. you see she's really chopped because she's not in the monochromatic look. this is elongating her body. a pencil skirt is a great option. it creates the inverted triangle. that slims you. let's look at her top. the peplum and it has a waistband and darts throughout that are really cinching her waist and making her look slimmer. another tip for everyone at home, look at her shoes, nude pumps. it elongates the leg, 25 bucks at kohl's so there are affo affordable options out there. >> we have a before picture of kenya. tell us about what she's wearing. >> kenyas had has a really grea figure but dressing too baggie and it was making her look bigger. you don't want to do that. now come on out. look at how amazing she looks. >> gorgeous. >> kenya is wearing a dress
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called new by shanti. built in shape wear that sucks you in two sizes. >> built into the dress. >> yes. >> jeans. that's important. we have -- thanks, hon. we have noel, this is her before picture. >> jeans are every woman's challenge. she's wearing a baggie pair she was getting lost in, not showing her shape, not lifting and toning. looking good, right? these are from nydj, a pair of jeans that toen s thas that ton tush and boot cut style. darker rinses in style for some spring. another slimming factor, great pockets in the back that will make her tush look trimmer. on the top, the shirt you'll notice it has a little rusching on the side, that is cinching her waist and structured blazer. >> looks great. >> looks great, thank you. >> thank you so much, rebecca. we appreciate it. coming up, you want your next story to be the talk of the town. we'll show you how to plate it
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if you've been thinking about updating the look of some of your rooms in your home, but aren't sure you can afford it, think again. >> here to show you how to take your rooms from a ho-hum before to a sensational after without breaking the bank is genevieve gourder, host of "genevieve's renovations." we love her. >> hey. >> welcome back. >> glad to be back. thanks for having me. >> can we start with a great room to redo, a bathroom. those always look so beautiful. we have a before shot. >> my favorite room to do. >> is it really? >> you can be a little bolder in this room. not with the ebb and flow of the rest of the house. it is always separated for a reason. here we have a typical standard looking bathroom. >> but it is ho-hum. >> it is ho-hum. the bad planter in the corner.
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there are a couple of things you can do that are inexpensive and easy on your own, even if your diy is less than average. here you go. >> a thousand percent better. >> fresh coat of paint, inexpensive and easy fix in any room. >> painted the wood work too. >> yes. you don't have to keep all wood wood. painting that vanity a color instead of a bad have near is a good way to update. >> you don't have big gaps in between things. >> you have to create destinations within space. floating shelves are a reason to go back to the back of the room instead of a weird planter with fake stuff in the corner. >> and keep it nice. so you'll always be happy to go in there. >> keep it clean. >> the family room. here is before the of the family room. tell us what should be done there. >> okay. this is a typical, like, late '60s, early '70s rec room, family room, with a lot of bad brick or stone work and panelling. people hate panelling now. so really easy fix.
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a little bit of sand, paint it or sheetrock right over it. that's what we did to flatten it out. we lightened the stone work with a coat of paint and this is purely decorative. accessories, get rid of the old '70s pizza parlor ceiling fan and go with the chandelier, designate where you sit. you can get pretty ones. >> this is not one of those. >> i actually have that one. >> genevieve, you're stepping in it. now to the bedroom. >> a little outdated. we got a weird balance going on in the closet. >> not one thing matches. >> it is very reminiscent of a time that has gone by. a sleigh bed takes up a lot of room, dates quickly and doesn't give you a lot of bang for your buck. let's turn that bed to the other side of the room, by doing the vertical stripe, we increase the
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volume of the room. i believe the room is taller than it is. i can't tell you how many people don't have headboards in this country. so easy to put on, a variety of prices and you can do it in a day, in an hour, it changes the whole feeling of that bedroom. bench at the end. accessories at the end and hotel -- >> let's do the kitchen. >> okay. same era. panelling and that weird -- >> all the same house. >> this is for the more advanced diy person. if you can feel confident about putting in cabinetry, go for it. it will save a ton. off the shelf cabinetry looks good. this is from your favorite swedish home store. and it was done in a weekend. a new countertop, remnants are a lot less expensive than getting it custom and you can do it yourself. >> that is beautiful. >> bold, big change. >> this was a great segment. >> i love doing segments with you. >> that's extraordinary.
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while it may seem like our favorite celebrities have been blessed naturally with high cheekbones and perfect noses, the truth is many of them or their makeup artists have mastered the art of contour. >> i like this. "today" style editor and bobbie.com's bobbie thomas is back. the before and after looks of contouring and teaches us how to put our best face forward. >> okay, so contouring is really just about using shadows to reshape your face. but there is an interesting study out there that regardless of your face shape, we're attracted to symmetry. don't forget whether your face is square or round, just about
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using the features to balance. what you'll do is you'll use a light color, a foundation or powder or concealer, a few shades lighter than your skin to draw attention to areas you want. underneath the eyes we look refreshed when we use a lighter shade in that triangle area, right here. and this is where you have seen celebrities on the white carpet with the powder and if you look up close, it gives you illusion of young, youthful, puffy under your eyes. and what happens over time is that our cheeks, they go from here and they sort of sometimes slide down into the jowls. >> we know. >> i did have to ask my interns to help out. so a couple of different sort of shapes on their face. this happens to be a rounder face like my own. and we see on emily, thanks for doing this, half of her face done. and you'll look close and you'll see that this looks fuller in this region. and this side, emily contoured
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right underneath the cheek and she also used eye shadow to widen her face because the illusion -- >> where is the contour on the cheek? >> look right here. you can see her picture before and after. there are dots. you can go to today.com, but it shows you where to put the highlighter, the bronzer and the brush. use eye makeup to widen your eyes to make the bottom of your face look thinner. >> it is important to blend those. >> so we'll also take a look at carlene's before and after with the dots we put on her face. >> i like her with the dots. >> she has a square face, hoda, you have a similar shape. what you want to do is create a light sort of area between the chin to the forehead. and you'll round -- you'll see almost if you look closely how it is highlighted in a round shape. you'll want to create the depth and darkness here, and underneath that triangle, what i
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did is i just took -- i'll make it really severe right now because you don't want to walk out like this, but i created a v with the highlighter in this triangle down her face, under her nose, up the bridge and like this. >> right. >> what that does is it allows the center to be the attention and to make more of an oval shape. >> wow. >> on emily, and somebody rounder, you don't want to put too much dark here, even though you think so. you want to create the cheekbones. you only want to put dark on the sides of the chin. there are more tips for somebody who has, like, a heart shaped face with a more predominant chin. >> on today.com. >> you start with two gorgeous girls. >> okay. >> thank you so much. >> that goes without saying. >> there is more stuff on today.com and tutorials on bobbie.com. >> thank you. guess who is coming to dinner? whom ever they are, you're going to dazzle them. >> we're going to show you how to plan your next meal like a pro.
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all right, don't you just wish you could make your next dinner presentation look like it came off the pages of a magazine? >> here with a few before and afters to show us how to take it up a notch and make your party, you know, your plating look like a million bucks is cookbook author and food stylist annette joseph. >> hey, annette. >> hi. >> how are you? >> i'm good. how are you guys? >> it is not as hard as we would think, you're saying, right? >> it is really not. i will say these are all before and afters. >> right. >> we're going to go through some very basic things. >> okay. >> things you do at home and i'm going to amp them up a little bit. >> the cheese plate. i was looking at this before and i said this looks faliar. this looks like what i would do in my house, chop it up, this is what i would have. >> i have to say that i was at my girlfriend amy's last night, she invited me over for a glass of wine and had the nerve to
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throw out two unk chunks of che and crackers. i said, you need to watch tomorrow's segment. this is for you. this is a pastry board. i like to repurpose in my kitchen. put this beautiful cheese platter on some tile if you have left over tile, wash it up and put it on the table an style it with that. we're always thinking about the vessels first. then i say get a really giant one big piece of cheese. >> monster. >> it makes for a very impressive display. and in some cases, most cases, it is less expensive, actually. >> okay. >> to feed a crowd. and then we have got -- >> you let them cut it themselves. >> this is -- >> honeycomb. >> that looks pretty. >> it is wonderful with cheese. sweet and salty thing going. >> and give them a couple of choices for -- >> cocktail napkins, really zhuszh it up. >> what is this? >> this is pea soup. >> pea soup?
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>> it is chilled pea soup. >> it is delicious. the before. the before leaves a little bit to the imagination. i like to do some fun thins with my food. i like to play with my food. and these are test tubes in a galvanized bucket with ice and then -- >> how cute? >> i call this a conversation starter. because people go, what is this? and if they don't know each other at a party, they will say, what is this and what do we do with it? it is delicious. it is really -- >> that's adorable. what is that? >> that is a little bit of thyme. you know, plant herbs in your garden, pick herbs off to use as garnish, it will dress up your meal instantaneously. >> looks like a typical salad. >> a couple of things i don't love about this, i will say, one thing is when you do dressing on your salad, has a tendency to make the salad soggy. i'm super picky about my salad dressing, i like lightly dressed
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things. so i love the opportunity to do my own salad. this is a deconstructed salad, that way, again, a conversation starter, what do you like on your salad? make your rounds. this is simple to do. and the pattern is fantastic. >> chicken. >> tomatoes, somebody got to them, they're out of whack. >> she likes everything. >> this is hodi's lunch. >> looks delicious. >> it does look delicious but it could be a little more fabulous for your friends. >> wow. look at this. >> i actually serve my chickens in the roaster. here is the stylish -- >> very french. >> here is the secret. take the chicken out, roast all the vegetables and fruit separately, you load everything into the pan then put the chickens back in again and then just sort of garnish and dress your roaster. >> so somebody grab a chicken leg or what? >> it is family style. so for sunday supper. usually i take over.
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or my husband. he can do it too. >> sometimes it takes too long. we're like, all right, already. it is not a patient. we don't have to put it to sleep. this is asparagus wrapped with twine. here is a tip. this is a double platter. stack your platter on top of each other, so that you get the round, oval, whatever. >> and a way to serve up ice cream. >> either wonderful little containers, cinnamon ice cream with a little caramel drizzle. >> all looks great. >> so cute. >> so cute. >> good job, thank you so much. >> to get recipes, go to klgandhoda.com. next week, curtis stone and candy spelling. >> david walton from "about a boy" and vanessa williams, donny osmond. >> before we say good-bye and head out to l.a., a sneak peek of the usher video we told you about. "good kisser" premiering monday on vevo.
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and right now at 11:00, flames rip through san francisco homes, forcing several people to run for their lives. crews say the weather made it tough out there for them to put out the flames. good morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. i'm scott mcgrew. >> and i'm peggy bunker. those flames broke out about 6:30 this morning in an englewood heights neighborhood. that's where we find nbc bay area's christie smith. christie, you talked to one man who said he barely escaped the flames and even got his hair singed. >> yeah, good morning to you. you know, a lot of neighbors telling us about close calls, but also telling us about how they came together to try and help each other. i mean, this fire started hours